2014 Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat secured the GP3 championship after an emphatic victory at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi.
Kvyat started the race from pole position and was never troubled, eventually winning the race from 4.6s in spite of an early safety car period.
“I’m really, really happy and I’m proud of myself, the team and everyone involved this year. It’s a strong result and to be going to Formula One like this, it could not be better than that,” he said after claiming the title.
“When we started the season in Barcelona, we were really far away. Fortunately for us, after the first round, there was a season test in Budapest.”
“That’s where we could try a lot of different options and solutions. From there on, we were competitive. That’s when I think we started to win the championship, slowly but surely. We were consistent and then we became unbeatable in Spa and it stayed like that until this final round.”
The result means that Kvyat has an insurmountable lead over erstwhile championship leader Facu Regalia with just Sunday’s sprint race remaining.
“GP3 is a really good place to be for young drivers: we race at the same tracks as Formula One, in the same conditions all the time and also, the tyres are really similar,” he added.
“I think it’s a better preparation than what people think. I’m really looking forward to the next step, but right now, I also want to enjoy this and celebrate. We worked hard for it. We deserve to enjoy it.”
Kvyat will test a Formula 1 car next week in order to secure his super licence.
The Russian will then participate in the 90 minute opening practice session for Toro Rosso in America and Brazil.