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Max Verstappen replaces Daniil Kvyat at Red Bull

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Max Verstappen will replace Daniil Kvyat from the Spanish Grand Prix, Red Bull has confirmed.

The move will see Kvyat return to Toro Rosso in place of the 18-year-old in a bid to "regain his form and show his potential." Kvyat had been blamed for Red Bull's "day of disaster" in Sochi after colliding with Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel twice in the opening three corners at his home grand prix, an incident which also damaged teammate Daniel Ricciardo's car and left the team without any points.

The incident occurred with Red Bull's motorsport advisor Helmut Marko watching on and led to talks between team and driver this week. On Thursday morning the team confirmed Kvyat had been relegated to the team he drove for in 2014.

Team boss Christian Horner said: "Max has proven to be an outstanding young talent. His performance at Toro Rosso has been impressive so far and we are pleased to give him the opportunity to drive for Red Bull Racing.

"We are in the unique position to have all four drivers across Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso under long term contracts with Red Bull, so we have the flexibility to move them between the two teams. Dany will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential."

Kvyat had been on the podium just one race earlier at the Chinese Grand Prix. The Russian driver also outscored Ricciardo last season in the points standings, though the team believed both drivers lost valuable points through the season due to Renault's reliability issues.

Dutch rookie Verstappen was widely believed to have signed a deal to drive for the senior team in 2017 amid interest from Mercedes and Ferrari.