Kvyat, Verstappen to face press together

Thursday’s FIA press conference ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix promises to be an interesting one with Daniil Kvyat and Max Verstappen set to face the media together for the first time since swapping race seats.

It will be the first official press engagements for Kvyat and Verstappen since Red Bull decided to demote the Russian to Toro Rosso and promote the Dutchman to the senior Red Bull team. Carlos Sainz, who remains at Toro Rosso after seeing his team-mate promoted, will also face questions alongside Kvyat and Verstappen.

News that the pair would swap seats broke last week following a disastrous weekend for Kvyat at his home grand prix in Russia. Red Bull advisor Helmet Marko had been keen to promote Verstappen and took the opportunity to make the switch to ensure the 18-year-old committed his future to Red Bull. Kvyat looks set to be jettisoned from both teams at the end of the season if he does not prove himself to the Red Bull hierarchy in the remaining 17 races.

Lewis Hamilton, Fernando Alonso and Kevin Magnussen will also be present alongside the three Red Bull-contracted drivers. The press conference will commence at 15:00 local time.