Daniil Kvyat

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Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat 2015 Malaysia.jpg
Kvyat in 2015
Born Daniil Vyacheslavovich Kvyat
(1994-04-26) 26 April 1994 (age 23)
Ufa, Russia
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Russia Russian
2017 team Toro Rosso[1]
Car number 26
Entries 64 (62 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 2
Career points 132
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First entry 2014 Australian Grand Prix
Last entry 2017 Spanish Grand Prix
2016 position 14th (25 pts)
Previous series
2013
2013
2012
201012
2011
2011
2010
2010
GP3 Series
FIA European F3 Championship
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC
Toyota Racing Series
Formula BMW Europe
Formula BMW Pacific
Championship titles
2013
2012
GP3 Series
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Kvyat competing for MW Arden during the 2013 GP3 Series season, at Spa-Francorchamps. He took the first of three victories during the 2013 season at Spa-Francorchamps, en route to the championship title.

Daniil Vyacheslavovich Kvyat (Russian: Дании́л Вячесла́вович Квят; IPA: [dənʲɪˈil vʲɪtɕɪˈslavəvʲɪtɕ kvʲat], born 26 April 1994) is a Russian auto racing driver. He was runner-up at the 2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, and GP3 Series champion in 2013. He joined Formula One as a Toro Rosso driver in 2014 finishing 15th in the World Championship. He then moved on to Red Bull Racing to partner Daniel Ricciardo for the 2015 season. He scored his first Formula One podium finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix on 26 July 2015, finishing second behind Sebastian Vettel. He returned to Toro Rosso ahead of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix.[2]

Early life[edit]

Daniil Kvyat was born in Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia to Vyacheslav and Zulfiya Kvyat. Vyacheslav Kvyat worked for Bashneft, initially as a mechanic at the Novo-Ufa refinery, but rose through the ranks to become the financial director of the export division until 1996. Later he branched out and worked with other energy companies, ending up as CFO of West Siberian Energy. At the same time he stood for election as a Deputy in the Bashkortostan state parliament.[3]

Career[edit]

Karting (2009)[edit]

Kvyat was an active kart racer in Russia and Italy. In 2009, he finished third in the KF3 European Championship category and finished as runner-up in the WSK International Series.

Formula BMW (2010)[edit]

Kvyat started his formula racing career during the 2010 Formula BMW Pacific season with EuroInternational at the Sepang International Circuit. In his first race he started from sixth place, but finished only nineteenth.[4] He finished fifth in the second race. During the season, he joined the Red Bull Junior Team and made his debut in Formula BMW Europe with the same team.[5] He finished in tenth position in the final championship standings, with a second-place finish at Monza.

Toyota Racing Series (2011)[edit]

Kvyat contested New Zealand's Toyota Racing Series in January and February 2011 with Victory Motor Racing, finishing fifth in the championship with a win in the Dan Higgins Trophy at Manfeild and another five podiums.[6]

Formula Renault (2010–2012)[edit]

Kvyat in 2011 as member of the development Red Bull Junior Team

After two races with Koiranen Bros. Motorsport in 2010, in the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 finale at Barcelona and a fourth-place finish in the Formula Renault UK Winter Series, Kvyat, and his Formula BMW and Red Bull Junior teammate Carlos Sainz Jr., joined Koiranen for full 2011 seasons in both the Eurocup and the Formula Renault 2.0 Northern European Cup. He finished as runner-up behind Sainz, Jr. in the Northern European Cup standings with seven wins, including a hat-trick of wins at Monza. In the Eurocup he was outpaced by former Formula BMW rival Robin Frijns and Sainz, scoring two wins at Spa and the Nürburgring.

For 2012, Kvyat remained in the Formula Renault category, competing in both Formula Renault 2.0 Alps and the Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 series. His debut in the Alps championship was marked with a dominating double win at Monza.[7] In May he returned to the Eurocup, and recorded a double win in the opening round of the season at Motorland Aragón.[8] He ultimately clinched the Alps title and finished as runner-up in the Eurocup, following a dramatic season finale at Catalunya. He was leading the race in heavy rain, but his tyres lost all grip during the final laps, and he missed the title by 10 points. Kvyat remained with the Red Bull Junior Team and progressed to the GP3 Series for 2013.

GP3 and European Formula 3 (2013)[edit]

Kvyat spent 2013 competing in the GP3 Series with MW Arden and the European Formula 3 championship with Carlin Motorsport. Kvyat was a late registration for the latter series, and so he was ineligible for points. He scored five pole positions, seven podiums and a dominant win at Zandvoort. His first win saw an unusual mistake on the part of event organisers: there was no record of National Anthem of Russia present at Zandvoort, and "The Patriotic Song" by Mikhail Glinka was played instead to celebrate Kvyat's win.[9]

His progress in GP3 was rapid as well. Kvyat started the season poorly but immediately recovered, scoring his first podium in his fifth feature race. Following two wins in next two feature races, he went into the Abu Dhabi event being a title contender and finally won the championship in his debut year. His performance in two final feature races at Monza and Abu Dhabi was notable: Kvyat scored a pole, a win, led every lap and recorded the fastest lap, gaining the maximum points available at both races.

Formula One[edit]

Toro Rosso (2013–2014)[edit]

In October 2013, Kvyat was announced as the second driver of the Scuderia Toro Rosso (STR) Formula One team for the 2014 season, alongside Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne.[10] He replaced Daniel Ricciardo, who moved to parent team Red Bull Racing.[11] As a test driver for STR, he took part in Friday practice for the final two Grands Prix of the 2013 season, in the United States and Brazil.[12] Kvyat made his F1 debut—aged 19—in the 2014 Australian Grand Prix, where he finished 9th, breaking Sebastian Vettel's record as the youngest points-scorer in Formula One.[13] He went on to score points in the Malaysian, Chinese, British and Belgian Grands Prix,[14] finishing 15th in the World Championship. In September the organisers of the inaugural Russian Grand Prix announced their intention of naming a stand in the Sochi Autodrom after him.[14]

In October 2014 it was announced that Kvyat would be promoted to Red Bull for the 2015 season, to replace the quadruple world champion Sebastian Vettel.[15]

Red Bull (2015–2016)[edit]

Kvyat (right) at the 2016 Bahrain Grand Prix

Kvyat raced for Red Bull for the 2015 season, alongside Daniel Ricciardo, after being promoted following the departure of four-time World Champion Sebastian Vettel to Ferrari.[16] He took his first podium in the sport with a second-place finish at the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix, the highest finish for a Russian driver in Formula One.[17] As a result, Kvyat – aged 21 years, 91 days – became the second-youngest driver to record a podium finish, after Vettel.[17] In qualifying for the 2015 Japanese Grand Prix, Kvyat crashed heavily into the barriers, ultimately flipping the car.[18] He was uninjured, and finished 13th in the race the following day. Kvyat ended the 2015 season with 95 points and 7th place in Drivers' World Championship beating his race winning team-mate Daniel Ricciardo by 3 points.[19]

Return to Toro Rosso (2016–)[edit]

Kvyat driving for Toro Rosso at the 2016 Monaco Grand Prix

On 5 May 2016, Red Bull announced that Toro Rosso driver Max Verstappen would be replacing Kvyat beginning from the Spanish Grand Prix, with Kvyat returning to Toro Rosso alongside Carlos Sainz Jr. According to Red Bull's team principal Christian Horner, "Dany will be able to continue his development at Toro Rosso, in a team that he is familiar with, giving him the chance to regain his form and show his potential."[20] It was announced ahead of the United States Grand Prix that Kvyat had been re-signed to Toro Rosso for 2017 after much intense speculation.[21]

Personal life[edit]

Daniil Kvyat lived in Ufa, Russia until the age of six when his family moved to Moscow. This is where he first raced go-karts before first moving to Europe and racing competitively.[22] Kvyat currently lives in Monaco. In addition to his native Russian, he is also fluent in Italian, Spanish, English and has some ability in speaking Finnish.[23][24]

Rules introduced for the 2014 Formula One season allowed the drivers to pick their own racing numbers that they will carry with them for the rest of their careers. When asked about which number he wanted, Kvyat revealed that 26 was the number he had chosen as he had no previous connection to it, and that he wanted to make it successful.[25]

Kvyat's hobbies include table tennis, football, wakeboarding and skiing.[26] He also likes heavy metal music, and has cited Metallica's "Whiskey in the Jar" cover and Motörhead's "Ace of Spades" as his two favourite songs.[27]

Until November 2015, Kvyat was one of the few drivers in motor racing to have an FIA Super Licence, but not a regular driving licence in his native Russia.[28]

Racing record[edit]

Career summary[edit]

Season Series Team Races Wins Poles F/Laps Podiums Points Position
2010 Formula BMW Europe EuroInternational 16 0 0 0 1 138 10th
Formula BMW Pacific 8 2 2 0 5 0 NC†
Formula Renault UK Winter Series Koiranen Bros. Motorsport 6 0 1 0 2 109 4th
Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 2 0 0 0 0 0 NC†
2011 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Koiranen Motorsport 14 2 2 3 6 155 3rd
Formula Renault 2.0 NEC 20 7 2 5 13 431 2nd
Formula Renault UK Finals Series 6 0 0 1 2 111 3rd
Toyota Racing Series Victory Motor Racing 12 1 1 3 6 138 5th
2012 Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Koiranen Motorsport 14 7 3 5 9 234 2nd
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps 14 7 4 4 8 217 1st
2013 GP3 Series MW Arden 16 3 2 4 5 168 1st
FIA European Formula 3 Championship Carlin 21 1 5 1 7 0 NC†
Formula One Scuderia Toro Rosso Test driver
2014 Formula One 19 0 0 0 0 8 15th
2015 Formula One Infiniti Red Bull Racing 19 0 0 0 1 95 7th
2016 Formula One Red Bull Racing 4 0 0 0 1 25 14th
Scuderia Toro Rosso 17 0 0 1 0
2017 Formula One 5 0 0 0 0 4* 15th*

† – As Kvyat was a guest driver, he was ineligible for points.
* Season still in progress.

Complete GP3 Series results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 D.C. Points
2013 MW Arden CAT
FEA

20
CAT
SPR

Ret
VAL
FEA

4
VAL
SPR

5
SIL
FEA

4
SIL
SPR

4
NÜR
FEA

Ret
NÜR
SPR

16
HUN
FEA

3
HUN
SPR

7
SPA
FEA

1
SPA
SPR

6
MNZ
FEA

1
MNZ
SPR

2
YMC
FEA

1
YMC
SPR

5
1st 168

Complete FIA European Formula 3 Championship results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 D.C. Points
2013 Carlin Volkswagen MNZ
1
MNZ
2
MNZ
3
SIL
1
SIL
2
SIL
3
HOC
1

10
HOC
2

12
HOC
3

3
BRH
1

10
BRH
2

12
BRH
3

14
RBR
1

2
RBR
2

2
RBR
3

2
NOR
1

Ret
NOR
2

12
NOR
3

Ret
NÜR
1

9
NÜR
2

13
NÜR
3

16
ZAN
1

1
ZAN
2

3
ZAN
3

4
VAL
1

4
VAL
2

3
VAL
3

7
HOC
1
HOC
2
HOC
3
NC 0
Notes
  • ‡ − As Kvyat was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score championship points.

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicates fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 WDC Points
2013 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR8 Ferrari 056 2.4 V8 AUS MAL CHN BHR ESP MON CAN GBR GER HUN BEL ITA SIN JPN KOR IND ABU USA
TD
BRA
TD
 –  –
2014 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR9 Renault Energy F1‑2014 1.6 V6 t AUS
9
MAL
10
BHR
11
CHN
10
ESP
14
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
AUT
Ret
GBR
9
GER
Ret
HUN
14
BEL
9
ITA
11
SIN
14
JPN
11
RUS
14
USA
15
BRA
11
ABU
Ret
15th 8
2015 Infiniti Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB11 Renault Energy F1-2015 1.6 V6 t AUS
DNS
MAL
9
CHN
Ret
BHR
9
ESP
10
MON
4
CAN
9
AUT
12
GBR
6
HUN
2
BEL
4
ITA
10
SIN
6
JPN
13
RUS
5
USA
Ret
MEX
4
BRA
7
ABU
10
7th 95
2016 Red Bull Racing Red Bull RB12 TAG Heuer 1.6 V6 t AUS
DNS
BHR
7
CHN
3
RUS
15
14th 25
Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR11 Ferrari 060 1.6 V6 t ESP
10
MON
Ret
CAN
12
EUR
Ret
AUT
Ret
GBR
10
HUN
16
GER
15
BEL
14
ITA
Ret
SIN
9
MAL
14
JPN
13
USA
11
MEX
18
BRA
13
ABU
Ret
2017 Scuderia Toro Rosso Toro Rosso STR12 Toro Rosso 1.6 V6 t AUS
9
CHN
Ret
BHR
12
RUS
12
ESP
9
MON
CAN
AZE
AUT
GBR
HUN
BEL
ITA
SIN
MAL
JPN
USA
MEX
BRA
ABU
15th* 4*

* Season still in progress.

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "F1 Spanish GP: Kvyat 'demoted' to Toro Rosso for season". crash.ne. 5 May 2016. Retrieved 5 May 2016. 
  3. ^ "FROM RUSSIA... WITH PACE - Grand Prix + magazine" (PDF). 23 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Calvert, Sean (8 April 2010). "Promising start for Juniors". Red Bull Junior Team. Red Bull GmbH. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Benso, Michele (1 September 2009). "Europe – Exclusive: Kvyat, Sainz Jr. and Frijns arrows over the 2010 Red Bull Eurointernational". stopandgo.tv. Stop&Go!. Retrieved 22 October 2009. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ "Red Bull Junior Driver takes Dan Higgins Trophy". Toyota Racing Series. Toyota Racing Management. 12 February 2011. Retrieved 8 May 2012. 
  7. ^ Borgo, Marco (25 March 2012). "Alps – Monza, Gara 2: Incontenibile Kvyat". stopandgo.tv (in Italian). Stop&Go. Retrieved 29 March 2012. 
  8. ^ "Classy Kvyat at the double". World Series by Renault. Renault Sport. 6 May 2012. Archived from the original on 11 May 2012. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  9. ^ Квят победил в первой гонке Формулы-3 в Зандфорте [Kvyat won the first race of the Formula 3 in Zandvoort]. championat.com (in Russian). 28 September 2013. Retrieved 22 October 2013. 
  10. ^ Noble, Jonathan; Kuntschik, Gerhard (21 October 2013). "Daniil Kvyat gets 2014 Toro Rosso Formula 1 seat". Autosport. Haymarket Media Group. Retrieved 21 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Daniil Kvyat Signs with Toro Rosso for 2014 Formula 1 Season". 
  12. ^ "Brazilian Grand Prix: Kvyat expands experience with wet session". Crash Media Group. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  13. ^ Benson, Andrew (16 March 2014). "Rosberg wins after Lewis Hamilton and Vettel retire". BBC Sport. BBC. Archived from the original on 14 October 2014. Retrieved 16 March 2014. 
  14. ^ a b "Kvyat honoured by Sochi circuit". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 1 September 2014. Retrieved 18 November 2014. 
  15. ^ "Vettel to leave Red Bull after 2014; Kvyat to be promoted". 4 October 2014. Retrieved 4 October 2014. 
  16. ^ Esler, William (4 October 2014). "Daniil Kvyat says he is 'honoured' by his promotion to Red Bull for 2015". SkySports.com. Retrieved 5 October 2014. 
  17. ^ a b "Budapest stats - Vettel finally breaks his Hungarian hoodoo". Formula1.com. Formula One World Championship Limited. 26 July 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 
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  19. ^ "2015 Driver Standings". Formula1.com. Retrieved 1 February 2016. 
  20. ^ "New line-up for Spain". RedBullRacing.com. 5 May 2016. 
  21. ^ "Kvyat to stay at Toro Rosso for 2017". GPUpdate.net. JHED Media BV. 22 October 2016. 
  22. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLOxjCgLcDc
  23. ^ https://twitter.com/dany_kvyat/status/709954620576178176
  24. ^ "Biography". daniilkvyat.com. Retrieved 19 November 2009. 
  25. ^ Даниил Квят выбрал номер 26 [Daniil Kvyat chose number 26]. Autosport Russian Edition (in Russian). Haymarket Publications. 21 December 2013. Retrieved 4 January 2014. 
  26. ^ "About Daniil". Red Bull. Retrieved 17 March 2014. 
  27. ^ http://www.skysports.com/f1/news/12433/10606871/formula-1-drivers-reveal-their-favourite-music-choices
  28. ^ Daniil Kvyat takes his Russian Driving Test. YouTube. YouTube, LLC. 5 November 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2016. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Javier Tarancón
Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
Champion

2012
Succeeded by
Antonio Fuoco
Preceded by
Mitch Evans
GP3 Series
Champion

2013
Succeeded by
Alex Lynn
Awards
Preceded by
Jules Bianchi
Autosport Awards
Rookie of the Year

2014
Succeeded by
Max Verstappen
New award FIA Rookie of the Year
2014
Succeeded by
Max Verstappen
Records
Preceded by
Sebastian Vettel
19 years, 349 days
(2007 United States Grand Prix)
Youngest Driver to score
Points in Formula One

19 years, 324 days
(2014 Australian Grand Prix)
Succeeded by
Max Verstappen
17 years, 180 days
(2015 Malaysian Grand Prix)