Few drivers can boast the sort of meteoric rise that has carried Daniil Kvyat from highly-rated rookie to Formula One star in just a handful of years. There was surprise when the Russian first won his promotion into the sport, and surprise again when he landed a Red Bull drive after just one season. But Kvyat has stepped up on every occasion, delivering performances to exceed all expectations save his own.
The Russian youngster is not without pedigree. Born in the 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 so that young Daniil could compete in the ultra-competitive Italian kart championship.
After spending several years cutting his 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...