Daniil Kvyat Biography
Daniil Kvyat first practice (STR8 Brazil 2013)
Daniil Kvyat will join just a handful of drivers who will make their F1 debut before their 20th birthday. The Torro Rosso driver has been fast tracked to Formula One by the Red Bull driving academy, much like current champion Sebastian Vettel, and big things are expected from the Russian.
It may take the 19 year-old a while to adjust to such a high level of competition but the new rules will mean all drivers start from a level playing field, giving Kvyat an early chance to impress. After the retirement of Mark Webber and the promotion of Daniel Ricciardo it was an opportunity for Red Bull to promote another of their graduates and Kvyat was chosen over more experienced competitors, in Felix Da Costa and Carlos Sainz.
Daniil Kvyat first F1 GP race (STR9 Australia 2014)
A GP3 championship last season was the catalyst for this surprise move as Kvyat had a strong finish to claim the title. He joined the Red Bull academy in 2010 and has also claimed the Formula 2.0 Alps trophy.
Kvyat will be hoping for a steady debut season and will hope to impress the Red Bull hierarchy in the possibility that either Vettel or Ricciardo leave the main team. Success this year would be matching the performances of his more experienced team mate Jean-Eric Vergne and helping the team develop the car as much as possible in what will be a baptism of fire in an uncertain year. Despite a low-key entrance into the sport, the name Daniil Kvyat is one you should get used to, because he could be here to stay for a long time.
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