Scuderia Toro Rosso announced Tuesday that Daniil Kvyat will drive for the team from the start of the 2014 Formula 1 season, as the replacement for Daniel Ricciardo.
Ricciardo moves to Infiniti Red Bull Racing to take the place of the departing Mark Webber.
Kvyat, another product of the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme, will therefore partner Jean-Eric Vergne in the team’s driver line-up. This year, the 19 year old Russian, who is based in Rome, has been competing in GP3 and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
|Daniil Kvyat with Toro Rosso during the youngs drivers days. (Photo: Red Bull/Getty Images)|
“We are pleased to continue our policy of bringing on drivers from the Red Bull Junior Programme,” said team boss, Franz Tost.
“Daniil is a very talented driver, which can be seen from his results in all the junior categories. He was a very successful kart driver and, in 2012 he took the Formula Renault 2.0 Championship title with 7 wins. This year, he competed in six rounds of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, taking one win, 5 poles and 5 podiums. In addition to this, he is still in a position to win the GP 3 Championship, as he is only 7 points behind the leader. He impressed our team with a strong performance and very informative technical feedback at the young driver test in Silverstone. This suggests that the basic qualities from which he can progress are all in place. Daniil can be sure that we will use all our experience of training youngsters to give him the best possible start to his Formula 1 career,” Tost explained.
“I had a brief taste of working with the Toro Rosso team, when I drove for them at the Silverstone test and I enjoyed the experience very much. The fact I am based in Italy and speak Italian will, I am sure, help me to become part of the team very quickly,” said Daniil Kvyat.