Tost defends Kvyat after tough Red Bull start

By on Thursday, May 14, 2015
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Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost has defended Daniil Kvyat following the Russian's tough start to his Red Bull career.

Kvyat has amassed only five points across the opening five races to sit 15th in the drivers' championship, 20 points adrift of seventh-placed team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

Kvyat made his Formula 1 debut with Toro Rosso in 2014 and was originally set to remain with the team this season but Sebastian Vettel's switch to Ferrari opened up a slot at Red Bull, into which Kvyat was duly placed.

Tost says that Kvyat should not be written off, despite his problematic start to the 2015 campaign.

"It takes time to mature in an F1 car," he told the Official F1 website. "That is why I say that I want to work with drivers for three years - and then hand them over [to Red Bull].

"Daniil had only one year with Toro Rosso. He is facing car troubles and is simply not as experienced as Daniel Ricciardo, who was with us for three years and had half a year with HRT.

"Daniil is a very highly skilled driver and I am convinced that if his car is reliable he will be very fast. He will have a successful future. He is very, very skilled - he has the champion gene."

Tost said that Toro Rosso's 2015 line-up of Carlos Sainz Jr. and Max Verstappen have performed as expected.

"I expected it from them because otherwise they would not drive for us," he said.

"They both have shown that they are capable of being in the Red Bull driver pool. We had a tough winter to prepare them, but we successfully managed it as the first races have shown.

"I always said that if we give them a fast and reliable car they will always finish among the ten best - otherwise we could never have targeted P5 in the constructors’ championship.

"Yes, there will come a crash period, as you cannot expect from such young drivers to have a flawless season, but we are prepared for that."

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