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Daniil Kvyat

Formula 1 driver

Daniil Kvyat
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Vital statistics for Daniil Kvyat
NationalityRUS
BirthplaceUfa
Born26 April 1994
Age24
F1 debutAustralian Grand Prix, 2014
Driver number26
Current teamScuderia Toro Rosso
Recent fastest laps
2016Spanish Grand Prix

Daniil Kvyat made his Formula One debut with the Toro Rosso team in 2014, and his saw him shine as a future talent, hauling more performance out of the car than expected. With Sebastian Vettel's departure from Red Bull, he was given the call to step up to the sister team for 2015. However, after just four races of the 2016 season, and two back to back collisions with Vettel in the Ferrari, Kvyat was demoted to Toro Rosso, swapping seats with Max Verstappen.

F1 biography

Kvyat made his way up the racing hierarchy in the traditional fashion - starting out with a spot of karting in both Russia and Italy. He moved to single seaters, joining Formula BMW Pacific, before moving on to the Europe variant with the Red Bull Junior team.

Daniil moved up to race alongside Carlos Sainz Jr in Formula Renault but was beaten by his teammate during the 2011 season. However, the following year he started to win and took the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps title, finishing second in the Eurocup.

Sticking with the Red Bull team, he moved on again, this time to GP3. Racing with the Mark Webber/Christian Horner outfit of MW Arden, he secured the GP3 title in 2013. On the back of his success, Kvyat was signed to the Toro Rosso F1 team for the 2014 season, replacing the outgoing Daniel Ricciardo.

He outperformed the Toro Rosso car, proving to be a popular and well-respected racer. He regularly appeared in the top ten in qualifying, and finished in the points on five occasions. Although teammate Jean-Éric Vergne finished higher in the championship at the end of the year, Kvyat's flashes of brilliance caught the eye of the Red Bull team, who hired him to join Daniel Ricciardo for 2015 and beyond.

Kvyat made a big impression on the start of the 2016 season. During the Chinese Grand Prix, he made an aggressive overtaking move on Sebastian Vettel that sent the four times world champion into a collision with his Ferrari teammate, and into something of a rage. Both finished on the podium, however, and all may have been forgotten were it not for the next race. In Russia, Kvyat once again tussled with Vettel, but this time crashed into the back of the Ferrari twice on the first lap, in front of his home crowd.

Red Bull were quick to react, forgetting all about the podium the previous outing and instead sanctioning Kvyat almost immediately. The Russian driver was demoted down to the Toro Rosso team for the rest of the season, with Max Verstappen taking his place in a swap situation. Whether precisely down to the incidents with Vettel, or more to do with keeping the talented Verstappen happy remains to be seen, but the switch was deemed harsh by almost all watching on.

Despite being disappointed with the situation, Kvyat kept his head down and continued to work hard, earning himself another season with Toro Rosso in 2017.

Learn more about Daniil Kvyat with the Pocket F1 Handbook.