Kuyat’s calling

Daniil Kvyat was barely into his teens when he floored Red Bull with his talent in karting. A third place in the KF3 European Championship and a second place in the WSK International Series was enough for the young Russian, all of 16 years then, to win Red Bull’s backing and sail smoothly into single-seater racing.

Kvyat’s choice of events was rather eclectic — he competed in the Pacific Series (Malaysia), Formula Renault 2.0 Series, Europcup Formula Renault 2.0 Series and the Formula Renault Alps Series in the hope of graduating to Formula One. A second place in the Formula Renault 2.0 Series and third-place finishes in the Eurocup Formula Renault and the Renault UK Series Finals in 2011 were just the beginning of what would be a magnificent run in the succeeding years.

Kvyat won the Formula Renault Alps 2.0 championship and the GP3 Series to announce that he was ready for a drive in Formula One. His talent came through clearly in the last two races, in Monza and Abu Dhabi, where he registered ‘Grand Chelem’ (pole position, leading every lap, a victory and fastest lap).

At Scuderia Toro Rosso, Kvyat takes the place of Daniel Ricciardo, who has moved to Red Bull Racing.

FACTFILE Name: Daniil Kvyat Date of birth: April 26, 1994 Place of birth: Ulfa, Russia Team: Scuderia Toro Rosso Major performances:

2011: Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 — third; Formula Renault 2.0 second; Formula Renault UK Finals Series — third

2012: Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 — second; Formula Renault 2.0 Alps — champion

2013: GP3 Series — champion G. Raghunath