The aftermath of the Russian Grand Prix saw the demotion of Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat and the promotion of Toro Rosso’s Max Verstappen, or so we thought.

Speaking on the topic of the events in Russia, Sebastian Vettel said that he knew of Red Bull’s intentions to switch the two drivers before the Russian Grand Prix.

“I don’t think it has anything to do with what happened in Sochi as I learned it had been decided beforehand,” said Vettel.

“It’s good news for one, it’s not so good news for the other. You can say Red Bull is the stronger team with more manpower and resources. If you look at the raw performance, probably not too dissimilar or not that different between the two teams. It’s a great chance for Max, not a nice call for Daniil but you should ask the people who are responsible and involved.”

Vettel, a Red Bull junior in his early racing career, knows all too well the pressure within the young driver program, and still believes that Kvyat deserves a seat in Formula 1.

“The last race is not the best example for Daniil. Unlike some of his colleagues, he had the balls to give me a call in the afternoon and tell me what happened from his point of view,” Vettel continued.

“He realised he had done a mistake and for me that is the end of the story. Of course I was very upset in the first place, disappointed because it ruined my race, but these things happen. There is no guarantee I won’t have a misjudgement on Sundayin two weeks, in a year, in five years if I am still around. Mistakes happen. Of course mistakes happen. This is why we are here, we are all pushing to the limit.

“I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. Whether now it’s a better line up for them, for sure it’s bad news for Daniil and good news for Max. But generally, I think very highly of Daniil. His natural speed, his raw speed is very very high. Maybe the current formula doesn’t suit him as well as others but in terms of talent and raw speed, he deserves to be in F1.”

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