Red Bull replace Kvyat with Verstappen

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Red Bull Racing will have a new driver line-up from the Spanish Grand Prix. Max Verstappen will be joining the team to drive alongside Daniel Ricciardo. Daniil Kvyat will continue to drive for Red Bull and will re-join sister team Scuderia Toro Rosso.

Christian Horner, Team Principal says, “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.”

Russian Kvyat had recently caught some criticism, first at Bahrain, where 4-time World Champion Vettel deemed him overly aggressive at the start. It did eventually deliver him a podium place. However, last week, Kvyat drove into the back of Vettel twice during the opening lap, forcing the Ferrari driver into retirement and similarly destroying his own race.