Daniil Kvyat has been awarded a FIA SuperLicence to drive for the Toro Rosso team during free practice one for the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix, ahead of his full-time Formula One debut with the team next season.
Kvyat, who was crowned 2013 GP3 Champion in Abu Dhabi, was unveiled as Toro Rosso’s replacement for the Red Bull bound Daniel Ricciardo following the Indian Grand Prix, an announcement which came as a shock to many, as the highly rated Antonio Felix da Costa had seemingly been set to secure the seat.
The 19-year-old Russian will take the place of his future Toro Rosso team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne during the first practice session at Austin this weekend, before filling in for Daniel Ricciardo for the same session at Interlagos in two weeks’ time.
Toro Rosso confirmed in a short statement that Kvyat had completed the necessary running to be awarded a SuperLicence.
“On Friday, the Russian who is now the 2013 GP3 champion, drove a two year old Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula One car, an STR6 at the Misano circuit in Italy, as part of a filming day organised by the team.
“He racked up 102 laps, equivalent to around 402 kilometres and thus qualified for the necessary paperwork required by the FIA for him to compete in Formula One.”
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