DANIIL KVYAT

Russia
26
Nationality
Russian
Hometown
Ufa, Russia
Date of Birth
26/Apr/1994

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Meet DANIIL

Daniil first encountered motorsport when, aged nine, he saw a local go-kart track on the way home from school and begged to have a go. Bitten by the racing bug, he was soon competing seriously in Russia, but when the time came to step up to the next level, there were few top-line options in his home country. So, in 2007, the entire Kvyat family moved to Rome to be nearer to the heart of European karting.

In 2008 he finished third in the KF3…

Daniil first encountered motorsport when, aged nine, he saw a local go-kart track on the way home from school and begged to have a go. Bitten by the racing bug, he was soon competing seriously in Russia, but when the time came to step up to the next level, there were few top-line options in his home country. So, in 2007, the entire Kvyat family moved to Rome to be nearer to the heart of European karting.

In 2008 he finished third in the KF3 European series and was runner-up in the WSK international series. He eventually made the switch to single-seaters in 2010, with support from the Red Bull Junior Team programme, which found him a berth in Formula BMW in Europe and in the Pacific series. Over the following winter he honed his skills in the Toyota Racing Series in New Zealand and then, in 2011, he returned to Europe to move up to Formula Renault 2.0, in which he raced full seasons in both the Eurocup and North European Cup competitions of the category.

Daniil came third in the Eurocup and second in the NEC and opted to stick with Formula Renault 2.0 for 2012. This time he finished as runner-up in the Eurocup series, but won the category's Alps series title, taking seven wins along the way.

With a title in the bag, Daniil's next challenge was the 2013 GP3 series. The performance in his debut season, was enough to fast track him to Formula One and soon after his GP3 triumph he was named as Toro Rosso's 2014 replacement for the Red Bull Racing-bound Daniel Ricciardo.

Kvyat made his F1 debut, aged 19, in the 2014 Australian Grand Prix, where he finished ninth, breaking Sebastian Vettel's record as the youngest points-scorer in Formula One. In 2015 he raced for Red Bull Racing, where he stayed up until the start of the 2016 European races, when he switched back to Scuderia Toro Rosso.

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Posted on 10 February, 2017

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Posted on 23 January, 2017

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Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz, wearing the Casio Edifice Toro Rosso Limited Edition watch
Posted on 17 January, 2017

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Daniil Kvyat's winter training. Scuderia Toro Rosso
Posted on 12 January, 2017

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Carlos Sainz during the 2016 F1 Abu Dhabi GP. Scuderia Toro Rosso, STR11
Posted on 27 November, 2016

ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX

At the end of a very tough weekend for us, this is our team's reaction after the last Grand Prix of the season, here in Abu Dhabi.

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