OCTOBER 24, 2013
Tost says Kvyat better than da Costa or Sainz
Daniil Kvyat secured the Toro Rosso seat for 2014 because his results were simply better than his opponents.
That is the claim of the Faenza based team's boss Franz Tost, despite earlier saying the 19-year-old Russian was too young and inexperienced to replace the Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo.
It has been claimed Kvyat, a GP3 and F3 driver, beat the older and more experienced Antonio Felix da Costa, and also Carlos Sainz jr, to the seat because he is reported to be bringing some Russian rubles to the team.
And his drive has also been linked with the fact Russia's inaugural grand prix is taking place next year.
But when asked to explain why Kvyat got the seat, and not da Costa or Sainz, Tost told Speed Week: "The results.
"Kvyat impressed us with his strong performance in both the FIA European F3 championship and the GP3 series," he said.
"Da Costa did not show this consistency," Tost explained. "He (da Costa) finished third in the Renault 3.5 series.
"Kvyat," he continued, "is currently second overall in GP3, only seven points behind and fighting for the title with (Facu) Regalia.
"Sainz is ninth with 66 points," added Tost.