Daniil Kvyat Replaces Ricciardo In 2014

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Kvyat has been competing in GP3 and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. (Toro Rosso Photo)
Kvyat has been competing in GP3 and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. (Toro Rosso Photo)
Kvyat has been competing in GP3 and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. (Toro Rosso Photo)

Scuderia Toro Rosso has confirmed that Daniil Kvyat will drive for the team during the 2014 Formula One season, replacing departing driver Daniel Ricciardo.

Kvyat, another product of the Red Bull Junior Driver Program, will partner Jean-Eric Vergne in 2014. This year, the 19 year old Russian, who is based in Rome, has been competing in GP3 and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.

“This is fantastic news, a dream come true and I want to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for giving me this priceless opportunity,” Kvyat said. “Ever since I began karting, I wanted to get to Formula 1 and now that wish will become reality next season. 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.”

“We are pleased to continue our policy of bringing on drivers from the Red Bull Junior Program,” said Toro Rosso Team Principal 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 seven wins.

“This year, he competed in six rounds of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, taking one win, five poles and five podiums. In addition to this, he is still in a position to win the GP3 Championship, as he is only seven 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 One career.”