Scuderia Toro Rosso boss Franz Tost is adamant that new signee Daniil Kvyat is the real deal, in the light of his good form in GP3 and F3 this year.
The Russian will start his learning process by driving in FP1 in Austin and Interlagos.
“We will have a test with him next week to get the Super License,” said Tost on Friday. “Afterwards, he will go out on Friday in America and in Sao Paulo, and of course we will have winter time, where he has to do a lot of work with physical training, mental training, then working on the simulator to prepare him as good as possible for the next season.”
Tost has no doubts about the teenager’s talent: “I’m convinced he will do a good job because he is a very high-skilled driver. He has done, this year so far, a very good job in GP3 where he still can win the championship. He has 131 points, seven points behind the leader, and I’m quite sure that he will show a very good race tomorrow, and on Sunday.
“Apart from this he showed a very good performance in Formula 3 – in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship – where he won the last race in Zandvoort, starting from the pole position. If I remember correctly, his first race, in Hockenheim, he was also in pole position and finished the race in third. For us, for Red Bull and for Toro Rosso, he is a very high-skilled driver, and I think that he will have a successful future.”Abu Dhabi GP, Daniil Kvyat, Formula 1, Franz Tost, Toro Rosso