Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo has heaped praise upon his Toro Rosso replacement Daniil Kvyat following the Russian’s impressive start to his Formula 1 career.
Ricciardo’s promotion to a seat at Red Bull allowed Kvyat to move up to Toro Rosso after his GP3 Series championship victory in 2013, and in his first twelve races, the rookie has certainly made an impact.
He may only rank 15th in the drivers’ championship with eight points, but his performances and attitude have won him the praise of many, including Ricciardo, who spoke about Kvyat in Belgium.
“I think he’s done a great job in the first six months in Formula 1,” the Australian said. “For a young kid he’s very mature. He’s a bit like me: very immature, but when he needs to be mature, he’s very mature. He’s quick but also intelligent.”
Ricciardo joked that Kvyat or 2015 teammate Max Verstappen could replace either himself or Sebastian Vettel in the future at Red Bull, saying: “Who knows, maybe one day one of them [Kvyat or Verstappen] will be alongside me if they don’t knock me off soon!”
Kvyat has not let the praise go to his head, though. In Belgium, he drove a mature race to come home in ninth place, and although he is trailing teammate Jean-Eric Vergne by three points in the standings, the Frenchman has struggled to outperform Kvyat in 2014 despite his greater experience.