The first big move of the 2015 driver market has been made today with the announcement that Sebastian Vettel will leave Red Bull but will remain in Formula One, reportedly with Ferrari. Red Bull then announced soon after that Daniil Kvyat will move up from Toro Rosso to take his seat, with Red Bull young driver Carlos Sainz Jnr making his F1 debut for Toro Rosso.
The announcement comes at a tome where rumours are rife in the paddock that Fernando Alonso is set to leave Ferrari, but it is not absolutely certain whether Vettel will go there or to McLaren.
“We want to warmly thank Sebastian for the incredible role he has played at Infiniti Red Bull Racing for the last six years,” said Red Bull in a statement today, “As we wish Sebastian well in the next stage of his career, we also look to the future with excitement, as the vacancy makes way for the next generation of Red Bull racers.
“The Red Bull Junior Programme has developed some proven talents in recent times, including Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, who has excelled in the RB10 and become a three-time Formula One race winner in his first season with the team.
“We’re pleased to announce that Daniel will be joined in the team for 2015 by another rising star from the Junior Programme, Daniil Kvyat.”
Vettel has raced for Red Bull since 2009 after joining from Toro Rosso; where he took a breakthrough win in the 2008 Italian Grand Prix. With Red Bull he took 4 back-to-back championships from 2010 to 2013, but his run is now over in 2014. It has been rumoured over the last year that he will end up at Ferrari at some point.
Daniil Kvyat will move up from the Red Bull junior team to take the second seat alongside Daniel Ricciardo. He will hope to replicate Ricciardo’s rise from young driver to winning driver in this new opportunity.
Carlos Sainz Jnr will make a long awaited F1 debut for Toro Rosso alongside 17 year old Max Verstappen. The Red Bull young driver had been thought as the logical choice to replace Ricciardo last year when he left Toro Rosso, but will finally race in F1 after testing for Toro Rosso and Red Bull in young driver events.