A brief biography of Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat, including his career history and Formula One statistics
Few drivers have experienced the sort of roller coaster ride in Formula One that Daniil Kvyat has been on. Kvyat's motorsports career started in karting at the age of eight, and he showed such evident talent that 12 months later his family upped and moved from Russia to Rome, Italy so that Kvyat could compete in the Italian karting championship.
In 2009, Kvyat was third in the KF3 European Championship and runner-up in the WSK International Series which paved the way for him into single-seater racing the following year in Formula BMW Europe with Red Bull backing. In 2011 he was runner-up in Formula Renault 2.0 NEC, and one year later he followed that success up with second place in Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0, together with clinching the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship.
This run of achievements gave him a shot at GP3 in 2013, and he successfully took the title in his maiden season at Arden with a total of three wins during the year. That was enough to convince Red Bull to fast track him into Formula One with Scuderia Toro Rosso alongside Frenchman Jean-Éric Vergne, replacing Daniel Ricciardo who had taken over Mark Webber's seat at parent team Red Bull Racing.
Kvyat made his Formula One début in Australia at the age of 19 years, 324 days and finished in ninth place, thereby breaking Sebastian Vettel's record for the youngest world championship points-winner (since beaten by Max Verstappen). He finished in the points again in four more races during 2014, and when Vettel quit Red Bull for Ferrari the senior team didn't waste any time calling up Kvyat.
Kvyat consistently finished in the points for much of 2015 and picked up his first Formula One podium when he finished in second place in Hungary. He would take another (third place in China) at the start of 2016, but during the race he controversially clashed on track with Vettel. Another incident with Vettel in the following race saw Kvyat abruptly dropped from Red Bull and returned to Toro Rosso in a straight swap with Verstappen. The fall from grace was brutal and Kvyat understandably initially struggled with self-confidence as a result before regaining his equilibrium. The confirmation that he will remain at Toro Rosso in 2017 offers him a crucial second chance to revive his Formula One career.