Money got Kvyat into F1 ahead of Da Costa says Razia
31 December, 2013
Snubbed Red Bull junior driver Antonio Felix da Costa deserved to be promoted up to Formula 1 in 2014, but money talked at Toro Rosso claims Brazilian driver Luiz Razia.
Portuguese da Costa, 22, was the hot favourite to replace Daniel Ricciardo at Toro Rosso for next season, until backer Red Bull actually plucked the Russian teenager Daniil Kvyat straight out of GP3.
Razia, who almost secured the Marussia race seat this year before running into sponsorship issues, told Brazil’s Totalrace that he thinks that da Costa, who was a frontrunner in Formula Renault 3.5 this year and has now been signed as a Formula 1 test driver, deserves the Toro Rosso seat more.
“The strange thing is not the fact that [Kvyat] is coming from GP3,” he explained. “A driver can demonstrate his talent in many categories.
“What I’m saying it that there is a loss of momentum,” said Razia, insisting that da Costa showed every sign of being prepared to take the final step into Formula 1.
“Antonio won a third of the races he contested in the World Series. The Arden team is good, but it had some problems in this season, but even so, he finished the Championship third,” he added.
Razia, the 2012 GP2 runner-up, said that he thinks that other factors played in Kvyat’s favour when Red Bull was making its choice for 2014.
“I’m the devil’s advocate because I’m Antonio’s friend, but I think he was in a much stronger position [to debut in Formula 1].
“But we all know that is not all – it is very clear that next year there is a race in Russia, and Formula 1 needs a Russian.
“[Formula 1] is a very political category, and [Kvyat] is even sponsored by a Russian bank. Toro Rosso has difficulties, as everyone does, so it was a situation where everything fell into place for him,” he added. (GMM)
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