Daniil Kvyat’s third place in yesterday’s German Grand Prix gave Scuderia Toro Rosso its second ever podium finish, following on from Sebastian Vettel’s win on 14 September 2008. Alex Albon also produced a brilliant drive to finish sixth and amazingly this was the first time he had driven an F1 car in the wet. Both our drivers never put a foot wrong and made the most of great teamwork.
It was a fantastic team result and justified our philosophy of bringing on young talent to reach the highest level of Formula 1. Just look at yesterday’s podium – Verstappen, Vettel, Kvyat – all of them started their F1 careers with Scuderia Toro Rosso, beating all the records for being the youngest to succeed in this sport. Seb was 21 years, 2 months and 11 days old when he drove our STR3 to victory in the Italian Grand Prix.
That record was beaten by Verstappen at Red Bull Racing, also the youngest ever points scorer, a record he set at the wheel of our STR10 at the 2015 Malaysian Grand Prix, when he was 17 years, 5 months and 27 days old. If you need any more proof of the worth of the Red Bull Junior Programme, look no further than the rest of the top ten in yesterday’s race, as the names of Carlos Sainz and Alex Albon in there mean that 50% of the points scorers came from the Red Bull school.
For Daniil, yesterday’s podium is probably the most significant, because the night before the race, he became a father for the very first time. Clearly, Enzo Ferrari’s view that being a parent lost a driver a few precious tenths per lap does not apply to our driver.
Danii’s third place came in a crazy race and was down to all his hard work in what he described as “second F1 career.” It also brought the team its first podium finish in a very long time. It was also a great result for Honda, because with Max first and Daniil third, it marked the Japanese company’s first double podium since the 1992 Portuguese Grand Prix.