April 26, 1994
Scuderia Toro Rosso
|Career statistics to end 2013|
When your name is DaniilVyacheslavovich Kvyat, it’s just as well for us Westerners that you like to be called Dany.
Kvyat was born in Ufa, which is in the Russian republic of Bashkortostan, approximately 1000 kilometres due east of Moscow, but moved with his family to Rome to further his racing career.
He will still be 19 when he makes his F1 debut in Melbourne, turning 20 on the weekend of round three in Bahrain.
His elevation to the Toro Rosso team was announced in October, so it was greatly to Kvyat’s credit that he used that boost to full effect in the finale of the GP3 series in Abu Dhabi.
Claiming pole position, he took a dominant win in race one and was fifth in race two. While title rival Facu Regalia crumbled, Kvyat showed the stuff of champions as he swept to the championship – something he had been desperate to bring with him to F1.
A gifted karter, Dany moved up to Formula BMW in 2010, making his race debut in Sepang as he took two wins in the Pacific series. He was also 10th in the European series.
By 2011 he was in Formula Renault 2.0, announcing his arrival rather late in the day with a stunning sequence of victories in the final four rounds.
That catapulted him into a 2012 season which he utterly dominated, claiming 14 victories en route to the title.
Mark Webber may have left the F1 grid but he will be taking a close interest in 2014 – it was in the MW Arden entry that Kvyat claimed his GP3 title at the first time of asking.
His first serious run in the Toro Rosso came at Austin, when FP1 was curtailed by thick fog, but Kvyat got 20 laps under his belt and said “it felt like flying”.
Expect the young Russian to do more of the same in years to come…