Tuesday, 2 December 2014

Special feature - Ricciardo and Kvyat a great mix of youth and experience for the dawn of a new era at Infiniti Red Bull Racing in 2015

     (Jean Michel Le Meur DPPI for Renault Sport F1) 

Infiniti Red Bull Racing will see the dawn of new era when the 2015 Formula One season gets underway in Melbourne Australia in March. Adrian Newey has stepped back from the day to day responsibilities as chief technical officer while four time world champion Sebastian Vettel has moved to Scuderia Ferrari to partner Kimi Raikkonen.

Despite the departure of Vettel and the absence of Newey the future looks extremely bright for the Milton Keynes based outfit as in both Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat the team have two of the most exciting young drivers on the 2015 Formula One grid. The RB11 has once again been penned by Newey as the Englishman was involved in the development process of the new car.

Daniel Ricciardo did a fantastic job for Infiniti Red Bull Racing as the Australian finished the season in third place in the championship behind the Mercedes pair of world champion Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg taking three victories in the process in Canada, Hungary and Belgium. The Australian scored a total of 238 points ending the season 71 points ahead of Sebastian Vettel.

(Frederic Le Floch DPPI for Renault Sport F1)

Daniil Kvyat made the step up to Scuderia Toro Rosso from the GP3 Series as Daniel Ricciardo's replacement at the Italian as Jean Eric Vergne's team mate for 2014. In his opening race for the team the Russian qualified in 8th place and finished the event in 9th place scoring points on his Formula One debut.

Kvyat scored five top ten finishes in his opening season in Formula One with his best qualifying position of fifth place on the grid coming at his home race, the inaugural Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi circuit and at the season finale in Abu Dhabi.

The Russian finished the season in 15th place in the championship on eight points and will be keen to impress his new team from the world go when Winter testing gets underway at the Jerez circuit in Spain from February 1-4.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing will be hoping that the RB11 will allow Daniel Ricciardo and Daniil Kvyat to compete for the championship right from the start of the season.

In Daniel Ricciardo, Red Bull have a proven race winner and he has three and half seasons of Formula One under his belt while Daniil Kvyat has proven that he is a consistent points scorer. Infiniti Red Bull Racing finished in second place in the championship behind 2014 champions Mercedes AMG PETRONAS.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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