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Analysing Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso F1 Move: Is the Russian Too Young for 2014?

The announcement from Scuderia Toro Rosso that 19-year-old Daniil Kvyat will replace the Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo next season raised the predictable eyebrows and drew the expected criticisms. Red Bull has long been driven by the appeal of the short-term facet of results, and this encapsulates a problem that is present through motorsport—especially the single-seater ladder. When ability is determined by the results of a driver, circumstance is ignored. The journey to F1 and the time spent in junior formulae that goes with that is all about gaining experience and becoming better prepared. Kvyat beat Formula Renault 3.5 race winner Antonio Felix da Costa to the seat, a driver who many though was a shoo-in to graduate to F1. Da Cos...

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