Verstappen to replace Kvyat at Red Bull Racing

Max Verstappen (right) will replace Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull Racing.

Max Verstappen (right) will replace Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull Racing.

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Teenager Max Verstappen will replace Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull Racing with immediate effect.

Russian Kvyat took the team’s only podium of the season at the Chinese Grand Prix two weeks ago, but was blamed for a crash which eliminated Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel in this weekend’s Russian race.

Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen

Verstappen burst onto the scene as a 17-year-old with Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso, and made a huge impact on the sport throughout his debut season.

The Dutchman will replace Kvyat at the Spanish Grand Prix in two weeks time, with Kvyat returning to Toro Rosso.

Christian Horner, Team Principal said: “Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent. His performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing.

“We are in the unique position to have all four drivers across Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso under long term contracts with Red Bull, so we have the flexibility to move them between the two teams.

“Dany will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential.”