Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso

Daniil Kvyat

Driver Details

  • Nationality: RUS
  • Current standing: 15th
  • Points: 8
  • Last Race: 14th
  • Best Finish: 9th (x3)

A shock appointment at Toro Rosso, the newly crowned GP3 Champion makes the leap to Formula 1 in 2014 after just four seasons in single-seaters.

It promises to be a steep learning curve for the Russian whose experience of an F1 weekend is limited to two Practice One outings in the United States and Brazil late in 2013, with the latter severely hampered by heavy rain.

Born in Russia on 26 April 1994, Daniil Kvyat had his first experience of karting at the age of eight and after being spotted at his local track started racing competitively in 2005.

The following season his family moved to Rome - where he developed a love for AS Roma football club - and continued to develop as a driver.

In 2008 he finished third in the KF3 European Championship - a feat he would repeat the following season - and runner-up in the Asia Pacific Championship.

With backing from Red Bull, he graduated to single-seaters in 2010 making his debut in the Formula BMW Pacific race supporting the Malaysian Grand Prix. He went on to take two wins and a further three podiums in his eight races in the series. He dovetailed that campaign with the European Championship, achieving a best finish of second in the final race of the season at Monza.

A busy winter programme followed as Kvyat got his first experience of Formula Renault as he was parachuted into the final round of the Eurocup, before contesting the UK Winter Series, in which he finished fourth, and the New Zealand-based Toyota Racing Series.

A dual campaign of the Formula Renault Eurocup and the North European Cup was next for Kvyat in 2011. Seven wins from 20 starts saw him finish second in the NEC to team-mate and fellow Red Bull junior Carlos Sainz, who also beat him in the Eurocup where the Russian finished third in the standings, but did take victories at the legendary Spa and Nurburgring circuits.

He remained in Formula Renault in 2012, this time contesting the Alps Championship alongside the Eurocup. Seven victories from 14 starts was enough to secure the Alps title, but he missed out on the Eurocup title by ten points to Stoffel Vandoorne.

Kvyat graduated to GP3 in 2013 with the MW Arden team co-owned by Christian Horner and Mark Webber and clinched the Drivers' Championship in his maiden season. In May he was given a guest drive with Carlin in the Formula 3 European Championship at Hockeheim where he took a pole and a podium finish, leading to him signing up for the remainder of the season. He then added a victory at Zandvoort and five further podiums.

The Russian also got his first experience of a Formula 1 car in 2013 when he took part in the Young Driver Test for Toro Rosso at Silverstone, where he completed 16 laps, setting a best time of 1:35.281, and ending the three-day event 25th in the timesheets.