Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Silverstone, Young Drivers' Test, 2013

Daniil Kvyat gets Toro Rosso drive for 2014

2014 F1 seasonPosted on | Author Keith Collantine


Toro Rosso have confirmed Russian driver Daniil Kvyat will race for them in 2014 in place of Daniel Ricciardo.

Kvyat will partner Jean-Eric Vergne, who remains at the team for a third season. The 19-year-old Russian driver is currently second in the GP3 category with two races remaining.

Daniil Kvyat, Toro Rosso, Silverstone, Young Drivers' Test, 2013He also appeared at most of this year’s European Formula Three races, winning once at Zandvoort. He tested for Toro Rosso at Silverstone earlier this year.

“We are pleased to continue our policy of bringing on drivers from the Red Bull Junior Programme,” said team principal Franz Tost.

“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.”

Kvyat said his promotion to the team was “a dream come true”.

“I want to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for giving me this priceless opportunity,” he said. “Ever since I began karting, I wanted to get to Formula One 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.”

Kvyat will be the second Russian driver to race in F1 following Vitaly Petrov. Russia will hold its first round of the world championship next year. Sauber are also considering promoting Russian driver Sergey Sirotkin to their team for next year.

Formula Renault 3.5 driver Antonio Felix da Costa had previously been tipped to take Ricciardo’s place at the team.

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  1. I’ve literally never heard of him. I have watched GP2, GP3, Formula 3, WSR3.5, all pretty consistently in the past 3 years. Not religiously, and I dont follow the news of their drivers, but I have watched more than a handful of races of each series.

    Who is this guy?

    1. Okay, admittedly, not much GP3. :)

  2. So 2014 seems to be the put-a-Russian-teenager-in-an-F1-car-several-years-before-he’s-ready year. Much like Sirotkin, Kvyat could well be the next Seb Vettel, but that won’t matter if he blows his chance simply because he’s not at his peak. A mistake by Red Bull, in my view. Although I’ve never rated AFdC as highly as others, I would definitely have picked him over Kvyat.

    1. I’ve heard 4 names for the Toro Rosso seat: da Costa, Kvyat, Sainz Jr. and Nasr. I would have picked da Costa but Kvyat would definitely be my 2nd choice. He won more races than Vandoorne in 2012 in the FR 2.0 championship!

      But if you would have to choose between Sirotkin and Kvyat, I think everyone would have picked Kvyat.

    2. I entirely agree, although in my view, Kvyat is still a better choice than Sirotkin. At least, he is 1 1/2 years older, and his results are better as well (besides GP3, he also had pretty good results in Formula 3 as a guest driver this year).

  3. Kvyat could also still win the GP3 title. He only need to score 7 points more than Regalia in the two remaining races (at Abu Dhabi), with 48 points still on the table. He had a slightly better run than Regalia, too, in the last races, so it is not at all unlikely.

  4. F1 is going to have a real talent gap in 5-7 years time

    1. Why? If teams keep on going picking up 18 year old kids, there will always be someone to pick ;)

  5. Daniil who?

  6. Anyone who says this is all about money has literally no idea what they’re talking about. Dany is super fast from what I’ve seen this year, loads of potential. FDC has never really excited me, he’d make a competent F1 driver, but Marko’s “the best or nothing” attitude strikes again. Kvyat is really bloody fast, but he’s not ready, not yet, I hope it doesn’t ruin his chances like Jaime. Also does anyone know if Red Bull will retain Da Costa? They’re not totally convinced by him obviously, but I thought those rumours were a bit unbelievable about Toro Rosso not being convinced by him, obviously not!

    1. Are you really not convinced by Da Costa? You surely didn’t follow the end to last year’s FR3.5 season. And this season still, he was very good. It wasn’t his fault that his car let him down plenty of times, otherwise he wouldn’t have been in contention all the time for the title, and not sidelined so early in the campaigne.

      1. Oh yeah, he is really good, and I would have put him in now, but I think, and Red Bull must, that he’s not quite champion material, and Kvyat has shown loads of speed in a short career, whereas apart from last year Da Costa has never looked Vettel-like fast. I’m not saying he isn’t good, but I think Kvyat’s really really fast.

        1. Well, I’m not in a position to judge Kvyat’s talent because I haven’t followed in much until now, apart from his Toro Rosso test back in july, when I heard of him for the first time. But still, in my opinion he can’t be that much better than da Costa for the latter to be overlooked in such a ruthless way.

          1. No, but If he has money that will always help, but it’s wrong for people to think he’s a pay driver, Red Bull only take drivers they think can cut it, and drop those who can’t. Again, I do think da Costa’s good, but if Kvyat wins the GP3 title, people will see him a lot differently.

        2. Really fast, but not ready. Way better than Sirotkin, who is probably the worst pay rookie is recent years…maybe apart from Chilton, but hopefully Magnessun will replace him.

          1. At leats he seems in much better shape for a “Raikkonen” than Sirotkin, who’s had a very average season in FR3.5.

  7. Money 1 – 0 Da Costa

  8. Surely 19 is too young??

    1. @juan-pablo-heidfeld-1 – The two main title protagonists last year started at 19 ;)

      1. @david-a

        Well there’s me told :p

  9. Also:
    (posted by Forza Bianchi on another forum
    Silverstone Young Driver Test
    1. Ricciardo – 1:32.972 (Day 2)
    2. Sainz – 1:33.016 (Day 2)
    3. Vernge – 1:33.647 (Day 3)
    4. Cecotto – 1:34.193 (Day 1)
    5. Kvyat – 1:35.281 (Day 3)

    Obviously fuel loads could be different but Kvyat is the slowest of those who drove for Toro Rosso (and excluding Caterham and Marussia drivers, the only driver who was slower than Kvyat was Kimiya Sato in the Sauber).

    1. Markedly so it appears too. I hope he proves a match for Vergne at least, otherwise this’ll look like a bad decision.

      But then, Vettel was a whole 3 seconds slower than Webber on his first test: look how that turned out! Vettel easily has a 3 tenth average advantage over Webber.

    2. Hmm.. this is why us armchair qb can’t predict performance from a few misleading #s.

      Simple fact: GP3 this year, same team, and both aged 19. One guy has two wins, another best placed 3. You pick who you want to promote for next big thing.

      1. My knowledge outside F1 is very poor, just posted the numbers as a useful reference

      2. Surely Kvyat. Maybe Sainz Jr. has gravel in his blood, not closed circuit asphalt ;)

  10. Damn, I now for first time have to experience that horrible feeling of watching a Formula One race knowing there is someone in it who younger than me. :(

    1. Haha.. good one, been there, done that. its a naked truth feeling :(

    2. Well I’m 31 now. I don’t feel old at all, yet I’m starting to realize there’s not too much drivers older than me in F1.
      After a quick check, it’s even worse than I realized. In 2014 there will be just 3 drivers older than me: Button, Alonso and Raikkonen.

  11. Didn’t see it coming, but he is a talented driver. Much like Sirotkin, though, I do think it might be a little too soon for Kvyatt.

    Da Costa is talented, but showed he couldn’t replicate his 2012 pace. As long as he isn’t dropped by Red Bull, he should be able to continue in a good series in a good team.

  12. Even RedBull is looking foward wealthy pilots. The fact they do bring money doesn’t make them bad pilots. This Russian might be the new Senna…but it’s at least strange.
    That also makes me wonder….Has VET signed an extension contract? Because….lets face it….nor VER not KVY will drive a Red Bull in the near future….So…I guess Horner is not worried about his N1 driver running away to Ferrari or Mercedes.

    1. @mumito
      Yeah I think that is what they are preparing themselves for, in case it happens.
      Would be a shame to end up like McLaren with no driver capable of really putting up a title fight even with the right car.

    2. I think Vettel has got a contract until 2015 so he could replace Kimi at Ferrari or Lewis at Mercedes.

  13. Wow, I was not expecting that.

  14. I remember hearing once that the fastest driver in the world is a woodcutter in Siberia, but the world would never get to see him race because the sport is too expensive.

    As it turns out, Kvyat is from Ufa in the Republic of Bashkortostan, and while it’s not in Siberia, it is pretty close – Bashkortostan is on the Siberian side of the Ural Mountains …

  15. really shame what toro rosso did with AFC…they prefer rublos, da costa in last 2 years help red bull team with tousand hours in simulator during the GP weekends…AFC did various tests with RB and Toro Rosso and when they choice a driver they choose who put a lot of money on F1, and russia is a big market for RED BULL brand. i don’t drink red bull anymore, monster or burn do the same thing!!!

    1. Now now. Before and after his impressive stint in FR3.5 in the second half of last year, Felix da Costa hasn’t really performed that great.
      Also, I read on another site an insider comment – those involved in the young driver programme have been impressed by Kvyat more than AFdC, and have been considering the former to be the more talented for quite a while now.

  16. And so the Torro Rosso tradition of replacing drivers with similar first names continues.

    1. @prof-kirk – There are unconfirmed reports out of France than Jean-Eric Vergne has legally changed his name to “Sebastian Daniels”.

  17. Money makes the water run UP stream…

    1. @prelvu Yeah, Niki Lauda started it all..

  18. Kvyat is a guy who has got better and better as his career has gone on. His first season in Formula BMW wasn’t as impressive as Sainz’s, the gap was pretty big. But Kvyat brought the gap down in 2011 in Formula Renault 2.0. Red Bull moved Sainz up to F3 the following year, but he failed to live up to the expectations, and had a disastrous season. In GP3 this year, Sainz was expected to do better than Kvyat, having raced in more of the circuits before, and also having driven more powerful machinery (F3). But even before the Spa weekend, Sainz was only a couple of points ahead of Kvyat. Sainz’s FR3.5 performance hasn’t been great, he beat teammate William Buller only once in six races. Buller, who was beaten by less experienced drivers this year in British F3!
    As for FdC, he is incredibly inconsistent. He is capable of having a brilliant season (late 2012) and a poor one (early 2011, mid-2013). FdC doesn’t really have a superb junior formula career. He was racing with crack squad Motopark in FR2.0, but he finished well behind Albert Costa and Jean-Eric Vergne, and only just beat teammate Adrian Quaife-Hobbs. He had a good season in F3 Euroseries, but not great, three sprint wins were pretty much all he had to show. In 2011, he had a terrible season in GP3, and was thoroughly beaten by Alex Sims, his teammate at Status. I don’t think someone should be considered a great talent just on the basis of a stretch of excellent races over a few months. We also have no hard data to show that the Arden Caterham was a bad car this year, any worse than DAMS and Fortec. WSR is a spec series, and car setup is the only thing that differs, everything else is the same.
    To be honest, I think FdC should have been given at least one season to show how good he is. Kvyat could have been evaluated in WSR. But maybe Helmut Marko is searching for the next Vettel, not the next Vergne.

    1. Kvyat has 2 wins in GP3 right? 2 or 3 podiums? Very consistent…
      Have you watched FdC races this year? Have you noticed how many errors he made and how many errors the team made?

      1. @kobe08 The team made errors, yes. But that doesn’t explain FdC’s poorly judged overtaking moves, like the one on Aleshin at Budapest, and another one last weekend. His qualifying pace throughout the season was average, and he wasn’t really crushing his less-talented rookie teammate by much.
        And yes, Kvyat has been pretty consistent. He’s making a big step up in machinery, but after a few races, he seems to have sorted it out.

    2. For certain you have reason and all other people are wrong. The true is no one was expecting this result, it is clear this is a commercial issue.

    3. Francy Tiller
      25th October 2013, 16:28

      If they are searching for the next Vettel and do not test him properly, what they are doing is Poker with the eyes closed …. so, everyone could perform, who knows? Probably even you or me…
      This is not a professional move of a professional team, you can only understand this when you put money on the equation.

  19. Good decision by Torro Rosso, they did not go by the ‘flavour of the month’ i.e. Da Costa

    1. It is true. They go for money ….

  20. #whynotdacosta

    1. @xusso – #whydacosta

      Everyone gets carried away with da Costa’s achievements last year. But he has had a horrendous season this year. One of his big problems has been in setting up the car, and I have heard the theory that the team were under orders to be less than helpful in this regard to test da Costa’s ability to set the car up. If true, he appears to have failed that test. If it’s not true, then it doesn’t change the fact that he’s been totally ordinary.

      1. If so, I think he did a pretty decent job.
        He still picked up some wins and podiums this year.
        In your line of thought, Kvyat, that had a great season, should fail as soon as the team “is ordered” not to support him so much “to test him”…
        We will see.

        It’s clear to me that this was a strategic move because of economical reasons, not based on current or previous achievements.
        There are rumors that STR will change their name to Toro Ru$$ia… :)

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