Perseverance is an essential quality for a racing driver and Daniil Kvyat is the living embodiment of that. Fast-tracked to F1 with Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2014 after winning the previous year’s GP3 series, the Russian got off to a flying start, becoming the youngest driver to win points on his F1 debut, finishing ninth in the Australian Grand Prix. He did enough that year to impress his masters who switched him to the Red Bull Racing team for 2015. He came second in Hungary that year and was 7th in the World Championship. In 2016 he was back on the podium with a third place in China. After that, some erratic drives meant he was sent back to Toro Rosso midway through the year, but Daniil and the team parted ways after the 2017 USA GP, even though he finished in the points in that race. It had been a tough few years, but Daniil’s undoubted talent was recognised by Ferrari who took him on as an F1 simulator driver in 2018. Now, the only Russian in F1 is back on the grid this season, older and wiser and again with Toro Rosso.
2012 Champion Formula Renault 2.0 Alps
2013 Champion GP3 Series
2014 9th Scuderia Toro Rosso – Australia Grand Prix
2014 15th Scuderia Toro Rosso – F1
2015 7th Infiniti Red Bull Racing – F1
2016 14th Scuderia Toro Rosso – F1
2017 19th Scuderia Toro Rosso – F1