Daniil Kvyat gets Toro Rosso drive for 2014

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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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186 comments on Daniil Kvyat gets Toro Rosso drive for 2014

  1. Nick (@npf1) said on 21st October 2013, 22:42

    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.

  2. Sauber (@mumito) said on 22nd October 2013, 0:50

    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.

  3. dot_com (@dot_com) said on 22nd October 2013, 0:52

    Wow, I was not expecting that.

  4. Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2013, 0:59

    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 …

  5. vitorbrg said on 22nd October 2013, 1:00

    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!!!

    • MattDS said on 23rd October 2013, 7:47

      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.

  6. Prof Kirk (@prof-kirk) said on 22nd October 2013, 2:42

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

  7. prelvu (@prelvu) said on 22nd October 2013, 3:45

    Money makes the water run UP stream…

  8. wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 22nd October 2013, 6:00

    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.

    • 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?

      • wsrgo (@wsrgo) said on 22nd October 2013, 15:46

        @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.

    • 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.

    • Francy Tiller said on 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.

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

  10. #whynotdacosta

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2013, 11:55

      @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.

      • 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… :)

  11. infernojim (@infernojim) said on 22nd October 2013, 12:11

    I was at Monza and there were a few drivers that stood out as class of the field there, Kvyat was easily the man of the moment. A dominant first and a fighting drive through to the podium. Really good.

    Sainz looked good to as did Rezalia, amongst a lot of crazy kids too.

  12. Money does the Talks! Perhaps, someday, Kvyat became a driver like AFC, but where is the rational in opting for a driver that needs development instead of a regular winner with a lot of talent and experience. I suppose we all know the answer. Eventually, Energy Drink and Bernie Ecclestone wins, F1 and Motorsport surely LOSES. THIS IS A SAD DAY FOR MOTORSPORT!

    • Prisoner Monkeys (@prisoner-monkeys) said on 22nd October 2013, 21:00

      @vzx7qf – Except that Kvyat is also “a regular winner with a lot if talent and experience”. Go and look at his results – he’s been a title contender in the last four championships he raced in (but not European Formula 3 as he was a guest driver and therefore ineligible to score points).

      • Kukonov said on 22nd October 2013, 22:35

        The true is no one was thinking in kvyat for the place. This should mean anithing. I’m not saying he don’t have some skills but should prove it in gp2 or fr3.5 he is too young for the job. Let’s see….

      • toiago (@toiago) said on 23rd October 2013, 0:44

        @prisoner-monkeys – Do you have any proof of such theory?

        • toiago (@toiago) said on 23rd October 2013, 0:48

          Sorry! The reply was aimed at you comment above!

          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.

        • Francy Tiller said on 25th October 2013, 16:36

          And you, have any evidence of the opposite? … Why not putting the actual winner of karting in F1 next year, I suppose he could also perform, and, on this case, he had a great name supporting him. Verstappen….

  13. I imagine Helmut Marko isn’t very popular on the Iberian peninsula these days, after sacking Alguersuari two years ago, and now putting Kyvat ahead of Da Costa.

    I like the move. From what little GP3 I’ve seen, Kyvat has exceptional racecraft and the results are there to warrant a promotion up to F1 – just as Valtteri Bottas did. I don’t get why people are making him out to be the next Esteban Tuero and expecting him to battle Sirotkin for 21st in the championship next year.

  14. Rigi (@rigi) said on 22nd October 2013, 16:31

    he’s a good driver, so this decision will prove itself to be good i’m sure!

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