A new face to Formula One in 2014 was the young Russian driver Daniil Kvyat. He was born in April 1994 making him one of the small group of racing drivers who competed initially as a teenager when he had his first outing for the Toro Rosso team in Australia in March 2014.
Daniil followed the standard route into Formula One, with a successful career in karting before a move to Formula BMW Pacific Season in 2010, where mid season he joined the Red Bull Junior team in Formula BMW Europe, partnering Carlos Sainz Jr and Michael Lewis, which included a second place at Monza. He also raced in Formula Renault in 2010, and raced in various versions of Formula Renault through until 2012. 2011 also saw him race in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand through the European winter.
2013 saw Daniil appear in GP3 for the MW Arden team, as well as competing in the Formula 3 Europe series for Carlin. Being a late entrant for F3, he was ineligible for points, which may have been the reason why at his first win in Zandvoort the organisers did not have the Russian national anthem and played Mikhail Glinka’s “The Patriotic Song” instead to celebrate his win.
Daniil did well in GP3 in 2013, with a shaky first half of the season replaced with a solid second half, including wins during the feature races at Spa, Monza and Yas Marina in Abu Dhabi, giving him the GP3 title.
The Toro Rosso team announced, to the surprise of many, that Daniil would replace Daniel Ricciardo when he moved to the Red Bull team, in turn replacing the retiring Mark Webber for the 2014. Daniil’s meteoric rise through the ranks of motorsport continued at the end of the season – which saw with a very credible five points finishes – with him being given the seat vacated by Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull for the 2015 season, alongside Daniel Ricciardo. The Red Bull line up was unchanged at the beginning of 2016, but Daniil was moved back to Toro Rosso part way through the season to make room for rising star Max Verstappen, where he remained for 2017. However, the team dropped Danii mid-season which appeared to have ended his Formula One career.
That all changed at the end of 2018 when Toro Rosso announced Danii’s return for the 2019 season.
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Daniil Kvyat during Winter Testing 2017
Daniil Kvyat at the 2016 British Grand Prix
Daniil Kvyat during Winter Testing 2016
Daniil Kvyat at the 2015 Belgium Grand Prix
Daniil Kvyat at the 2015 British Grand Prix
Daniil Kvyat during Winter Testing 2015
Daniil Kvyat at the 2014 German Grand Prix
Daniil Kvyat at the 2014 British Grand Prix