Red Bull’s hand forced over Verstappen promotion

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The big bad wolf

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This was the Red Bull garage victory tune which pounded away almost endlessly into the night after each and every Sebastian Vettel victory – and the odd one by Mark Webber too. The party team – Red Bull – have always pitched themselves as being culturally different to the others in the Piranha club, though their ‘cool vibe’ has never meant RBR are anything other than ruthless in their pursuit of victory.

The big bad wolf

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This merciless attitude extends to both their interpretation of F1’s regulations and also to driver recruitment, as Vitantonio Liuzzi, Scott Speed, Sebastien Bourdais, Jaime Alguersuari, Sebastien Buemi, Jean-Eric Vergne and now Daniil Kvyat can testify.

CHORUS:

[Howling]

We have come to accept that the Red Bull Formula One family are what they are and as TJ13 revealed early last summer, there has been huge pressure for some time on key individuals to replace Daniil Kvyat with Max Verstappen. Having fought hard top secure the teenager’s services in the first place and with paddock talk already this year that Mercedes and Ferrari have been making tentative enquiries about Max’s availability for 2017, RBR had to act.

 

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Of course Daniil Kvyat would not have been flavour of the month following his indiscretions in Sochi last time out, yet that alone does not warrant even Ruthless Red Bull relegating him to the Toro Rosso team. Now RBR can assess Verstappen against their No.1 Aussie driver, who as of December 2015 was himself not sounding totally committed to RBR for 2017.

“It’s something I have to play by ear. In 2017 there are a lot of rule changes and the last thing I want to do is an Alonso, jumping ship and then the ship you’ve left is the one you want to be on.

“In an ideal world I will stay at Red Bull and we will find the dominance again. But that’s something for later in the season.”

 

CHORUS:

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At the season opener in Melbourne, Christian Horner sought to dampen media speculation on Ricciardo’s contract following Alan Jones’ call to Ferrari to sign Ricciardo for next year, yet the RBR team principal was not exactly categoric that their Aussie driver was nailed down and secure for next season. This is because the current Ricciardo driver contract is believed to have escape clauses based on both the team and driver performance — and how embarrassing would it be for RBR to lose another No.1 driver just two years after Vettel jumped ship to the Red Team?

Cue – Max Verstappen. By promoting Verstappen now and kicking out Kvyat, Red Bull Racing would have a new worthy number one driver already in situ should Danny Ric decide to jump ship for 2017.

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Further, Verstappen’s promotion to the big boy’s car will see the marketing hungry RBR regain a level of media interest which has diminished since the loss of Sebastian Vettel. So Kvyat just had to go.

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So who is set to gain from this? Some have argued Carlos Sainz, with the pressure of Max removed from Toro Rosso, will be able to shine. Then again, this may just be a lose/lose scenario for the Spaniard. If he beats Kvyat – so what? Kvyat has been demoted for not being good enough. If he loses to the ‘not good enough’ Kvyat, Sainz’ F1 career is dead and buried.

Surely if Max gives Ricciardo a hard time this will be good for Sainz’ reputation given he has faired well as the Dutchman’s team mate? Not really, because he is still at Toro Rosso and wasn’t considered good enough to replace Kvyat.

Ricciardo also has nothing to gain from this dog eat dog move. He has to beat Verstappen or risk looking like a ‘has been’. If he soundly beats Max Verstappen, Ricciardo will not be considered any better than he is now. This is a lose/lose for him too.

And for Daniil Kvyat. This is a lose all the way loserville. He is the first driver in the Red Bull F1 family history to be chucked out of the big team and sent to play with the go karts.

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[Howling Ends]

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The uncertainty over Ricciardo’s next move and the chatter about Mercedes and Ferrari coming calling for Verstappen has clearly forced RBR’s hand. But it is crystal clear that once again the big bad wolf has made its move which may benefit Max Verstappen, but for the others it’s…

 

‘Oh! grandmother,’ she said, ‘what big ears you have!’

     ‘All the better to hear you with, my child,’ was the reply.

     ‘But, grandmother, what big eyes you have!’ she said.

     ‘All the better to see you with, my dear.’

     ‘But, grandmother, what large hands you have!’

     ‘All the better to hug you with.’

   ‘Oh! but, grandmother, what a terrible big mouth you have!’

     ‘All the better to eat you with!!!’

 

31 responses to “Red Bull’s hand forced over Verstappen promotion

  1. But Helmut said Kvyat was not ‘demoted’ to Torro Rosso, he was only moved there so that he could revive his career ‘out of the firing line’.

    Trying saying it 100 times over, you just might actually believe him

    • Oh Fortis, thou duth maketh me giggle. Sad to say but the Russian is done,caput, he is no more and the only reason they don’t let him go is because of the secrets he possibly knows about the flying bulls chassis. Without going into a total rant of how Redbull look after their charges we have to only search the web for other sports and see this is their Mo.

      • He’s just being ushered out through the side exit. However i do believe he still has a future in the sport and i could possibly see him either at Renault replacing Palmer or even at Force India replacing Hulkenberg

        • Really? I am not so sure as there are so many new names waiting to break into the big league. The one thing that is really on his side is the lack of any other Russian driver ,a big must in MrE’s world domination plan. Do you think he will move over to WEC or formula E rather than flap around in a back team?

          • I honestly do, because he is not as bad as how he is perceived to be. Add to that, both teams i’ve mentioned really could do with the money he brings in, particularly Force India, with Mallya’s legal battle still ongoing.

            I don’t think Palmer has the mustard to cut it in F1 and Hulkenberg for the all the hype he has received, to this day his highest finishing position is 4th and continues to get shown up by Perez

        • Not convinced he is good enough.
          Just another example of a promising driver not quite making it – and it is not just red bull and now – I remember Dave Walker dominating in F3 but then looking mediocre at Chapman’s Lotus team.

    • And Horner added that they have 4 seats in 2 teams so they could swap drivers around…
      Fun if Ferrari announce Ricciardo very soon… Will red Bull sent him back as well?

      • Ricciardo is not going to ferrari, RBR have said many times over that Ricciardo is contracted to the end of 2017, no way in hell they are going to run multiple immature spoilt brats in their flagship team.

        • I am glad you know Max so well, I thought it was a nice young man with a real winners attitude, but I guess I am wrong.

      • Ric will never go to Ferrari while Vettel is there. It’s an open secret that Alonso and Vettel have vetos in their contracts for Hamilton and I’m pretty certain Vettel will have one for Ric too.

        • Virtualstatman tweeted this yesterday……

          What happens to people who gets their ass kicked by Ricciardo?….. They end up at Ferrari…. hahahahaha…

          So if Max move was to ward off Ferrari, lets hope for their sake RIC doesn’t kick his ass as well, because he’ll just end up at Ferrari…..

    • I’d like a contest between ‘The Doctor’ and ‘Eric the Believable’ !
      Who would say the most ‘believable’ lies?!

    • –“But Helmut said Kvyat was not ‘demoted’ to Torro Rosso, he was only moved there so that he could revive his career ‘out of the firing line’.”

      So now as well as Eric-the-believable we have Helmut-the-believable. Or maybe we should make that Helmut-der-glaublich, just to add some variety… 🙂

    • As Bernie once said, “formula one drivers are just like light bulbs, when one fails screw-in another”.

  2. Kvyats actions will tell story. If he goes along quietly, no team swapping rumors etc, then RIC out to Ferrari maybe and back to play with big boys unless Sainz outdoes him. But with Pujolar gone, one begins to think that a Haas style hop to the new rumored Russian team might be in play, especially if the whispers get louder.

    • Sainz and verstappen at red bull? Now don’t get me to exited. I almost started dancing in my living room. Though I think that might be the wanna be starting something on the radio. 😂

  3. I wonder what Kvyat’s contract looked like, as he seems to accept being “moved” without screaming breach of contract…

        • This is a trolling post and is not about “F1 and the article above” and is designed to “flame” RBR fans.

          • Actually i was referring to the drivers being very compliant….

      • What a pity for that talent to be lost…I mean Frijns obviously, not Kvyat.

        Can you imagine the excitement if in 3-4 years’ time you had Mad Max, Frijns and Vandoorne in championship-winning cars?!

  4. What a negative story. Carlos is just not good enough. He gets an experienced force next to him. There from can he learn a lot. Something good comes quickly. Max is good, and can use your support. Danil Kvyat, supported by much money of questionable origin, also cannot cope well with this power. This is the best move to show the value of Sebastian Vettel. Date: Fri, 6 May 2016 10:21:01 +0000 To: pd0mds00@gmail.com

  5. I wonder if Webber has called Ricciardo and told him to prepare for Max getting the Red Bull golden boy treatment that Vettel got. I fully expect the toxic environment that had apparently risen at Torro Rosso to find it’s way quickly to Red Bull, not that toxic environments are anything new at Red Bull, it’s their management style.

    Still, will be interesting to see how Ricciardo and Verstappen fair against each other.

    • Ricciardo doesn’t bring his dad, right? Otherwise we had a new round in the battle of the dads.

  6. Ferrari wont sign Daniel, they would have to pay extra money to RBR. They would sign Grosjean, cheaper and equally good option. Results shows for that. And Seb wouldn’t want the guy who beat him soundly as his team mate.

    • Marchionne is the can-do type. If he wants Ricciardo, he’ll get Ricciardo. He clearly wants a world championship, money no object, no excuses.

      While I rate Grosjean, I don’t expect him to be in the same league as Vettel or Ricciardo. At Enstone he was barely matching a rusty Raikkonen, and we know how Raikkonen faired against multiple WDCs…

  7. With all the ressources and peoples time going into preparing the racecars for the season and every race, it is understandable that RBR don’t have a long patience with racedrivers, who don’t progress fast enough. In this respect they are not like Ferrari, who held on to Massa way to long, because of his unfortunate accident, which was no fault of Ferrari’s. Good for Massa, and he has come back well with Williams, but Ferrari shouldn’t have given him time on their best team, while recovering.

    • I think you’re right about Ferrari being to cautious. They held on to Massa for too long. And now their holding on to Kimi for 2 or 3 too many seasons.
      When Ferrari was said to be interested in signing Max for 2017, many people said Ferrari will only sign a steady, experienced driver. Signing Max would have been a culture shock.
      The last exiting thing Ferrari did was signing Eddie Irvine when at the time we all knew for about a year that they would sign Barrichello.

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