Former Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat will act as an Alpine reserve driver during the 2021 Formula 1 season, the team announced on Tuesday.
Kvyat lost his seat with AlphaTauri at the end of last season, with the Red Bull junior team replacing him with Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda.
The Russian has made 110 Grand Prix starts across his career, finishing on the podium three times. He fulfilled a similar role with Ferrari in 2018 after losing his seat with Toro Rosso.
The move was revealed during Alpine’s car launch, where the newly re-badged team unveiled their 2021 challenger, the A521.
Esteban Ocon was present for the virtual launch, but Fernando Alonso was unable to join as he continues to recover from his cycling accident in Switzerland.
“We have a strong addition to the team in Daniil Kvyat,” Alpine CEO Laurent Rossi said during the car launch.
“In this year of the pandemic it was important for us to have a strong back-up.
“He’s already scored three podiums. We’re very happy to have someone who is able to step up if the need arise and score the points, put the car where it should be at the end of the line.”
📣 Daniil Kvyat joins Alpine F1 Team as Reserve Driver
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— Alpine F1 Team (@AlpineF1Team) March 2, 2021