- Russian Federation
- Tag Heuer (Renault)
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Ufa, Russia
Still only 22, at the start of the year, Dany has endured more ups and downs than most and will enter the 2017 season hoping for consistency and success.
In the early races of 2016, the thoughtful young Russian experienced a roller-coaster of experiences. Racing for the senior Red Bull team, he secured his second career podium, but was then involved in two opening lap crashes with four-time champion Sebastian Vettel.
Almost overnight, he was suddenly demoted from Red Bull to Toro Rosso ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix. His form dipped and he struggled with his morale.
But he fought back and showed his resilience with a recovery of his best form in the second half of the year. It was impressive enough to persuade the team to re-sign him for 2017.
In 2015, Dany had shown his talent when he outscored Daniel Ricciardo in the title race, maintaining his record of doing well every time he stepped up to face a new challenge just as he had after starting his karting career aged just eight.
Such were his talents, his family re-located to Italy and lived in Rome so that Dany could take part in the ultra-competitive Italian kart championship. That decision, and those harsh early lessons, gave him the steel to survive and look after himself.
His obvious intelligence and ability to learn also helped him make rapid progress from rookie to star before his roller-coaster spell in 2016.