Russian teenager Kvyat to race for Toro Rosso in 2014

Big break for Daniil Kvyat

Big break for Daniil Kvyat

Russian teenager Daniil Kvyat will race in Formula 1 next season after the Toro Rosso team named him on Monday as the surprise replacement for departing Australian Daniel Ricciardo.

The announcement means that Russia could have two drivers on the starting grid when the country hosts its first grand prix in Sochi next year.

Sauber is already planning to bring little-known 18-year-old Sergey Sirotkin into its line-up, providing he can obtain a superlicence, as part of a deal with the Swiss team’s new Russian backers.

Toro Rosso said in a statement that 19-year-old Kvyat, who has been competing in the Formula Three and GP3 support series, would partner Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne at the Red Bull-owned team.

Ricciardo has already been named as replacement for compatriot Mark Webber, who is leaving the sport at the end of the season, at World Champions Red Bull alongside triple champion Sebastian Vettel.

Daniil Kvyat tested for Toro Rosso at Silverstone in July

Daniil Kvyat tested for Toro Rosso at Silverstone in July

Kvyat was seen as an outside chance for the Toro Rosso seat, with Portugal’s Antonio Felix da Costa and even Carlos Sainz Junior considered the more likely choices for the Red Bull ‘junior’ F1 team..

“We are pleased to continue our policy of bringing on drivers from the Red Bull Junior Programme,” said principal Franz Tost.

“He impressed our team with a strong performance and very informative technical feedback at the young driver test in Silverstone (in July). This suggests that the basic qualities from which he can progress are all in place.

“Daniil can be sure that we will use all our experience of training youngsters to give him the best possible start to his Formula 1 career,” added Tost.

Kvyat has taken one win, five poles and five podium finishes in Formula 3 this season, and is also still in a position to win the GP3 championship, but he faces a big step up to grand prix racing.

Daniil Kvyat will race in F1 in 2014

Daniil Kvyat will race in F1 in 2014

The Rome-based driver, who speaks Italian, said getting the race seat was a dream come true.

“Ever since I began karting, I wanted to get to Formula 1 and now that wish will become reality next season,” he said.

“I had a brief taste of working with the Toro Rosso team, when I drove for them at the Silverstone test and I enjoyed the experience very much.”

Russia is due to host a grand prix in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, which is also hosting the Winter Olympics, next October but currently has no Formula 1 drivers.

The only Russian driver to have competed in the sport so far is Vitaly Petrov, who raced for Renault and Caterham from 2010 until the end of last season with third place in Australia in 2011 his best result. (Reuters)

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  • no hate

    Money money money……

    Russian sponsors……

    Untapped market…….

  • The Pessimist

    Luis Razia, Spot on Mate! That seat went to the highest bidder and Toro Rosso is the latest entrant to a group of teams who employ pay drivers….Shame, considering it’s owned by Red Bull.

  • The Pessimist

    Luis Razia, Spot on Mate! That seat went to the highest bidder and Toro Rosso is the latest entrant to the list who employ pay drivers….Shame, considering it’s owned by Red Bull.

  • The Optimist

    This is great news for Russia and Formula One!
    It has nothing to do with pay drivers.
    This guy earned his seat with his great results.
    His technical feedback will help to drive the team forwards.
    A great day for f1 and it’s fans!

  • haha

    @ no hate and the Pessimist, Sirotkin comes with the sponsor. But in this case the sponsor comes with Kvyat. I always watch GP2 and GP3 (despite getting more boring with the years) and have to say I was amazed by the performance of Kvyat in Spa and Monza. It’s nice Red Bull aknowledge this without even waiting for the outcome of the GP3 championship in Abu dhabi (which Kvyat is in second place with 131 points opposed to Regalia’s 138, third placed Korjus has 107pts) Just look up GP3 races Spa & Monza on youtube (saturday + sunday Kvyat won both days)

  • captain tortuga

    well at least it was a good choice of the guy to find an occupation where he has to wear a helmet.

    Paul Di-Resta is officially not any longer the most ugly driver… and actually looks not that bad compared to heap of inbreed .

    but ok, looks are not of any significance in F1..
    Im sure he brings a nice bucket of corrupted Russian money, but it must be said he seems talented, and for sure his stats are 120x better then this clown that Sauber wants to deploy next season.

  • Boycottthebull

    It seems weightless waifs with weighty wallets seem is the way of F1 and the new expensive rule changes next year. At least his one has won a race.

  • Boycotthehaters

    He has a better record in junior formulae than Alonso ever managed. Or Raikkonen, come to that.