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Toro Rosso announce Kvyat for 2014

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Toro Rosso have announced Danill Kvyat will replace Daniel Ricciardo in 2014 as Antonio Felix da Costa misses out.

The announcement was made on Monday evening on Austria's Servus TV by the head of Red Bull's young driver program Dr Helmut Marko.

On Monday it was reported that Kvyat had jumped to the front of the queue due to money coming from a "group of Russian sponsors". Italiaracing reports one of those sponsors is Russia's SMP.

Before Kvyat was confirmed alongside Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne, the Team Principal at Toro Rosso, Franz Tost, had claimed the 19-year-old was too young for F1.

"I think usually Formula One drivers should be at least 20 or 21," he had said.

Now though he has changed his tune insisting Kvyat is "very talented" and had "impressed" the Red Bull bosses at the young driver test in June.

The man that was widely expected to claim then seat was Portuguese Antonio Felix da Costa, however, it seems failing to win the Formula Renault 3.5 championship this year could have cost him his chance next year.

Writing on Twitter, Da Costa admitted seeing his flat-mate Kvyat get the seat "hurt" but said of his F1 dream: "It's not over".

Kvyat is currently in a battle for the GP3 championship, which will be decided in Abu Dhabi next weekend, and Marko said the Russian had flourished also in F3.

"Whatever we have put him in, he has performed right off the bat," Marko said to reporters late on Monday.

However, the Austrian did stress the decision was not influenced by Formula 1's inaugural visit in 2014 when Sochi hosts the Russian Grand Prix.

"What he showed in the (F1) testing was remarkable," Marko insisted. "If a young driver shows the talent, the passion and a strong work ethic, we give him a chance."

And the correspondent for the German newspaper Bild, Frank Schneider, added: "It is quite possible Toro Rosso will also get a new sponsor or two."

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