Who is Daniil Kvyat? Everything you need to know about Toro Rosso's new recruit

Russian to make leap from GP3 to F1 in 2014

By William Esler.   Last Updated: 24/10/13 10:45am

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Introducing Toro Rosso's shock new recruit...

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.

Kvyat stats

  • Born: 26th April 1994
  • Nationality: Russian
  • Weight: 58kg
  • Height: 175cm
  • Current series: GP3
  • Titles: 2012 Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
  • F1 experience: 2013 Young Driver Test

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 this season with the MW Arden team co-owned by Christian Horner and Mark Webber and he currently sits second in the Drivers' Championship heading into the season finale at Abu Dhabi on 2nd and 3rd November. 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. Since then he has 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 at Silverstone for Toro Rosso where he completed 16 laps, setting a best time of 1:35.281, and ending the three-day event 25th in the timesheets.

Danil Kvyat: A race winner in GP3

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