Red Bull driver situation ‘healthy’ for the future

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Christian Horner believes that Red Bull is in a “healthy” and “incredible” situation with its driver options in Formula 1 for the future.

Red Bull drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat both graduated to the energy drink giant’s senior F1 team from Toro Rosso, its sister operation.

Current Toro Rosso drivers Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz Jr. have impressed many since debuting at the beginning of 2015, with Verstappen’s performances being particularly noteworthy at just 18 years old.

Despite being just two races into the 2016 season, speculation is already rife about Red Bull’s driver line-up for 2017, with Verstappen being tipped for a swift promotion in the future.

Speaking to the official F1 website, team principal Horner said that having so many young and talented drivers on Red Bull’s books is no bad thing.

“It is a nice situation to have,” Horner said.

“Both Toro Rosso drivers are Red Bull drivers, as were Ricciardo and Kvyat – and [Sebastian] Vettel before – and all started out at Toro Rosso.

“It is an incredible situation to have such a pool of fantastic drivers. We don’t have an issue with [finding] competitive drivers in the next few years.”

Horner also echoed team advisor Helmut Marko’s recent comments, saying that the high competition for seats ensures all of the drivers continue to work hard.

“It is a healthy situation, it’s healthy competition and it keeps all the drivers honest,” he said.

Red Bull’s junior programme continues to aid young drivers ahead of a possible move into F1, with current leading light Pierre Gasly set to challenge for the GP2 championship in 2016 with Prema Powerteam.