The Russian former driver of Formula 1 Daniil Kvyat comes back to the championship and will replace Pierre Gasly in Toro Rosso next season. The announcement of his teammate is still expected.
“First of all, I would like to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for giving me this opportunity to race in Formula 1 again and I am particularly pleased to be returning to a team I know very well. Toro Rosso has always made me feel at home and I’m sure it will still be the same next season. I would also like to thank Ferrari for trusting my driving skills which allowed me to stay connected to F1 as their development driver. Even if my duties were primarily simulator based, I’ve learnt a lot, and I now feel stronger and better prepared than when I left Toro Rosso. I never gave up hope of racing again, I am still young and I have kept in good shape to always be prepared in case another opportunity presented itself. I will give my best to deliver what the team expects from me and I can’t wait for everything to start again”, - said Daniil to Toro Rosso.
The 24 years old Russian made his debut in Formula 1 with Toro Rosso in 2014. Next year Kvyat moved to the top team Red Bull Racing, being a partner of Daniel Ricciardo. After Russian Grand Prix in 2016, when Kvyat crashed into Vettel, Red Bull decided to demote him and returned Daniil to Toro Rosso. The season-2017 was the last for Kvyat in Red Bull. Since the Singapore Grand Prix Daniil was replaced by Pierre Gasly. The Russian could race in Austin, replacing Carlos Sainz, who moved to Renault, but then was replaced again – by Brendon Hartley. The 25th of October Helmut Marko announced Kvyat is excluded from the Red Bull drivers’ program and won’t come back to the team. This season Kvyat worked as a development driver in Scuderia Ferrari. But while it's not quite clear is Daniil only loaned from Ferrari or did he leave the team.