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Daniil Kvyat

The lowdown on Daniil Kvyat

Lee McKenzie's view

"Dany Kvyat is still a very young driver and yet at the age of 22 we are talking as though his time in F1 is over. That is the harder and tougher side of the Red Bull young driver programme. 

"Dany was on the podium in China last season but caused an accident at the next race in Russia and found himself demoted by Red Bull and back at Toro Rosso. 

"He is known as being very Russian but in fact he moved away from his homeland to Italy in his early childhood and his first language is in many ways Italian. 

"I think he will have a future in motorsport and that will be at Toro Rosso in 2017."

Before Max Verstappen rewrote the history books, Daniil Kvyat could boast perhaps the most meteoric rise in F1.

A worthy GP3 champion in 2014, the Red Bull-backed Russian was dropped straight into a Toro Rosso seat at just 20 years old. Up against an experienced Jean-Eric Vergne, Kvyat flourished, scoring points and impressing in his rookie F1 campaign.

When Sebastian Vettel dropped the bombshell that he was to join Ferrari, Red Bull acted without hesitation, immediately promoting Kvyat into the German’s vacant seat for 2015.

Under severe scrutiny, Kvyat had a difficult start to life at Red Bull, but he improved as the season wore on, claiming a first podium finish in Hungary and outscoring Daniel Ricciardo in the standings.

A second podium finish in China this year after a gutsy drive promised much, but Kvyat was unceremoniously demoted back to Toro Rosso ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, following two first-lap crashes in consecutive races.

Back at Toro Rosso, the Russian lost focus before rebuilding some momentum to earn a spot with the team this season.