Daniil Kvyat’s rapid rise through motorsport has been an impressive one. After a solid first season in F1 with Toro Rosso in 2014, he has now joined Red Bull Racing as a replacement for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
However, the Russian is not fazed by this challenge, and is instead heading into his first season at Red Bull with an open mind.
“Looking back at it of course it looks like a very steep career curve,” Kvyat told NBCSN. “All I can say is that I want to keep going and we’ll see what it’s going to bring.
“It’s a great opportunity and I can’t wait to start. Winter has been so long and I just can’t wait to get behind the car again.”
After four years at the top of F1, Red Bull was knocked off its perch by Mercedes in 2014 as the German marque stormed to both championship. Although Kvyat is aiming high, he said it’s hard to make any concrete predictions heading into the new season.
“We always have to aim as high as possible,” he said. “The high aim is what brings success. What it’s going to be like and where we’re going to be is really hard to predict. Even after winter testing it’s still hard. We have to be patient.”
Moving from Toro Rosso to Red Bull may not seem like such a big change given that they’re both owned by billionaire supremo Dietrich Mateschitz, but Kvyat admitted that the size of the Red Bull operation has impressed him.
“It’s a very big team, it’s impressive,” he said. “So far, I think this has been the biggest change I’ve seen. I think there are obviously different approaches between different teams. It’s a small world in every different team, and that’s something I’ll find out in Jerez or maybe even Australia.”