Kvyat to get Friday outings in Austin and Interlagos with Toro Rosso

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Daniil Kvyat

Toro Rosso will prepare Daniil Kvyat for his Formula 1 debut next year by giving him time at the wheel during forthcoming Friday practice sessions in the United States and Brazil.

The first step for the teenage Russian, who is replacing the Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo, will be to get his mandatory super-licence.

“We plan to run him in a two-year-old Formula 1 car very soon … so that he can complete enough mileage to qualify for the all-important document,” Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso said in a report posted on its website.

After that, Kvyat will get the green light to practice on Friday morning in Austin and Brazil, the last two grands prix of the season, the Faenza based team added.

Some, however, think Formula 1 is coming too soon for the GP3 driver.

“[Formula 1] will be a shock to him,” McLaren driver Jenson Button is quoted by Brazil’s O Estado de S.Paulo newspaper.

“He’s used to working with 12 people, but now he’ll be working with 700.”

But Helmut Marko thinks talk like that is hypocritical, especially as a team like McLaren has been talking up the prospects of its own development drivers, Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne.

“Sebastian was the first of our young drivers to [succeed], and now Daniel Ricciardo is coming as the second,” he told Speed Week.

“That’s another thing: Red Bull brings young talent into Formula 1 while the others talk.

“They say there is no room for inexperienced drivers, but that’s just an excuse. Daniel and Sebastian are two that have made it out of our junior team and we are very proud of it,” he added.

However, O Estado reports that the FIA could be set to toughen the criteria for obtaining a Formula 1 super-licence, on the grounds of safety. (GMM)

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