Kvyat joins Vergne at Toro Rosso for 2014

By on Monday, October 21, 2013
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Toro Rosso has confirmed that Daniil Kvyat will race for the team in 2014, alongside Jean-Eric Vergne.

Red Bull had been expected to promote Antonio Felix da Costa from their young driver system, but has instead given Kvyat the nod.

Kvyat, 19, is in contention for the GP3 title with just one round remaining in Abu Dhabi.

The Russian teenager has also raced in Formula 3 this year and participated in the young driver test at Silverstone for Toro Rosso. Kvyat also conducted a straight line test for Red Bull last week.

"This is fantastic news, a dream come true and I want to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for giving me this priceless opportunity," he said.

"Ever since I began karting, I wanted to get to Formula 1 and now that wish will become reality next season. I had a brief taste of working with the Toro Rosso team, when I drove for them at the Silverstone test and I enjoyed the experience very much. The fact I am based in Italy and speak Italian will, I am sure, help me to become part of the team very quickly."

"We are pleased to continue our policy of bringing on drivers from the Red Bull Junior Programme," said STR team principal Franz Tost.

"Daniil is a very talented driver, which can be seen from his results in all the junior categories. He was a very successful Kart driver and, in 2012 he took the Formula Renault 2.0 Championship title with 7 wins. This year, he competed in six rounds of the FIA European Formula 3 Championship, taking 1 win, 5 poles and 5 podiums."

"In addition to this, he is still in a position to win the GP3 Championship, as he is only 7 points behind the leader. He impressed our team with a strong performance and very informative technical feedback at the young driver test in Silverstone."

"This suggests that the basic qualities from which he can progress are all in place. Daniil can be sure that we will use all our experience of training youngsters to give him the best possible start to his Formula 1 career."

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