Home - The Official Formula 1 Website Skip to content

In the spotlight: Toro Rosso's new signing Daniil Kvyat 23 Oct 2013

Daniil Kvyat (RUS), Monza, September 2013 Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso STR8. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Three, Friday 19 July 2013 Daniil Kvyat (RUS) celebrates his GP3 Series win at Spa-Francorchamps, August 2013 Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso. Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England Daniil Kvyat (RUS), F3 Euroseries, Zandvoort, August 2013 (L to R): Carlos Sainz Jr (ESP) Scuderia Toro Rosso and Daniil Kvyat (RUS) Scuderia Toro Rosso.
Formula One Young Drivers Test, Silverstone, England, Day Two, Thursday, 18 July 2013

Although a talented and highly-rated member of Red Bull’s junior race team, there was still an element of surprise when Daniil Kvyat was chosen to replace Daniel Ricciardo as Jean-Eric Vergne’s Toro Rosso team mate for 2014.

However, the 19-year-old Russian is not without pedigree.

Born in the southern city of Ufa on April 26, 1994, Kvyat took his first steps towards Formula One racing when he sat in his first go-kart at the age of eight. It was only a matter of time before he began racing karts competitively, and just 12 months after he did, he and his family relocated to Rome (where he still lives) so that young Daniil could compete in the ultra-competitive Italian kart championship.

After spending several years cutting his racing teeth in the cut-and-thrust world of karts - during which time he finished third in the KF3 European Championship and second in the WSK International Series - Kvyat stepped up to single-seaters in 2010, competing in Formula BMW with Red Bull backing. Despite his tender age he picked up tenth place overall in the European series and two race wins in the less-competitive Pacific series.

Kvyat transferred up to Formula Renault 2.0 in 2011, but not before accumulating more valuable single-seater experience (not to mention podiums) during the winter months in the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series. His subsequent Formula Renault results suggest that it was the ideal preparation - despite a relatively rocky start to the summer, Kvyat finished third in the Eurocup and runner-up in the Northern European Cup, with a hat-trick of victories at Monza in the latter series an obvious highlight.

Keen to hone his skills, the young Russian opted to stay in Formula Renault 2.0 for a second season in 2012. From a results point of view it proved to be a wise decision - Kvyat eased to the Alps title and finished a close second behind McLaren youngster Stoffel Vandoorne in the Eurocup, picking up numerous wins along the way.

Under the guidance of Red Bull’s junior programme boss, Dr Helmut Marko, Kvyat has competed in both European F3 and GP3 in 2013. Switching between two very different cars on an almost weekly basis is never an easy thing for a young racer, but Kvyat has made full use of the extra seat time and shown good progression, particularly in GP3 where, despite a slow start, his brilliant recent form means he is in with a shout of claiming the title at the final round in Abu Dhabi.

Kvyat’s sole F1 outing to date came in July this year when he drove for Toro Rosso at the young driver test at Silverstone. Despite completing just 22 laps, the Italian-based team were sufficiently impressed by his pace and technical feedback to move him to the front of the queue for an F1 drive in 2014.

The step-up to Formula One racing will undoubtedly be a big one for Kvyat, not least because of the myriad technical changes that are being introduced in 2014. But don’t expect Red Bull to go easy on the youngster - having thrown their weight behind him they’ll expect Kvyat to deliver sooner rather than later…

For tickets and travel to 2013 FORMULA 1 races, click here.
For FORMULA 1 merchandise, click here.