Formula 1’s Daniil Kvyat has been given a chance to reignite his career as a professional racing driver, three months after he was fired by Red Bull and Toro Rosso. The Russian will undertake a new role as a development driver at Ferrari, joining Antonio Giovinazzi and Charles Leclerc in the Scuderia’s reserve squad.
It’s been a difficult 12 months for Daniil Kvyat. Having made 15 appearances for Toro Rosso last season, the 23-year-old was dropped by the team following a series of disappointing race results. It was widely speculated that Kvyat would join the Williams team before the start of their 2018 campaign; however, with Williams recently announcing that Sergey Sirotkin would be competing alongside Lance Stroll next season, Kvyat faced some huge questions marks over his already dwindling F1 career.
Kvyat is understood to have been considering a career as a test driver as Euro NASCAR, before Ferrari stepped in to hand the Russian a lifeline.
It is not yet known what Kvyat’s development role at Ferrari will entail; however, the most likely scenario is that the youngster will be running simulations for the Scuderia, as well as potentially undertaking the role of a test driver.
Kvyat burst onto the Formula 1 scene back in 2014, joining Red Bull’s sister team Toro Rosso. After a 15th place finish in the 2014 Driver’s Championship, Kvyat joined Infiniti Red Bull Racing, to replace the departing Sebastian Vettel. The Russian achieved two podium finishes during his time with Red Bull, before being moved back to Toro Rosso after struggling to produce consistent form.
Following a difficult start to the 2017 season, Kvyat was replaced by Pierre Gasly for the Malaysian and Japanese GPs, returning only for the USA GP, before seeing out the remainder of season on the sidelines.
Ferrari confirmed last week that they would be retaining Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen for the 2018 season. Last year’s runners-up now have a number of options should either of their main drivers be unable to race.
Scuderia president Sergio Marchionne said: “We see Leclerc, [Red Bull’s Max] Verstappen and [Antonio] Giovinazzi, drivers with great skills, who can deliver a big change in the driver market. I’m still happy to have chosen Leclerc.
“I think that if we cannot find the right key for Raikkonen, the choice will fall on a young driver.”