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Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:16

Daniil Kvyat will race for Toro Rosso

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It has been confirmed that Daniil Kvyat, the 19 year old Russian, will be racing with Toro Rosso and is set to join the Frenchman Jean-Eric Vergne next season.

Daniil’s previous experience is in GP3, but nevertheless won his place in the team with a strong performance during tests in July this year, according to team boss Franz Tost. It definitely comes as a surprise choice for both online sports betting fans and bookmakers, but the decision reflects the long term aspirations of the Toro Rosso team in F1 racing.

Daniil Kvyat will be the replacement for Daniel Ricciardo, who leaves the team to make his name at Red Bull, as Mark Webber leaves F1 to pursue his new career with Porsche’s endurance racing programme. It is a tremendous opportunity for the young driver, and Tost has already guaranteed the driver that the team will use all their experience to give him ‘the best possible start to his Formula 1 career’.

The new addition to the Toro Rosso team is not the youngest debut driver in the history of F1, but his selection in testimony of his ability and the trust that Tost has in expecting good things from Kvyat. The young driver is in good company, as the few teenagers that have started their careers in F1, the majority have gone on to great things. The obvious examples, are Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso who both started their F1 careers at the age of 19. We first Vettel in 2007 at the United States Grand Prix with BMW Sauber where he finished in seventh place. Fernando Alonso had his first taste of F1 in 2001 at the Australian Grand Prix for the Minardi team, where he came in 12th at the end of the race.

I am sure that you will join in with me in wishing Daniil the best of luck in the future and all the success in the world as he embarks on this new and wonderful period in his career!

The next F1 race is in the Indian Grand Prix, paddypower has Red Bull Sebastian Vettel as odds on favourite, priced at 4/9. Webber is second favourite at 4/1 and Lewis Hamilton is third favourite at 12/1.