Kvyat gets F1 super licence and Austin FP1 call up from Toro Rosso
11 November, 2013
Daniil Kvyat, who will make his F1 race debut in 2014, has qualified for his Formula 1 Super Licence and will be on FP1 duty in Texas.
Energy drink company Red Bull has named the Russian teenager as Daniel Ricciardo’s successor at Toro Rosso for 2014.
But the marque wants to give Kvyat an early start by sending him out for Friday morning practice sessions this weekend in Austin, and next week in Brazil.
Until now, the only spanner in the works has been the new GP3 champion’s lack of a Formula 1 Super Licence, the mandatory FIA credential needed by drivers in order to participate in official race weekend sessions.
Red Bull therefore arranged a test in a two-year-old Toro Rosso for Kvyat last week at the Misano circuit in Italy, so that he could collect the necessary 300 kilometres of running in front of an FIA observer.
Before the test, Helmut Marko told Russia’s Formula 1news.ru: “It’s all organised. Everything will be fine.”
Indeed, the Red Bull-connected Speed Week magazine reports that Kvyat did the 300 km last Friday at a representative race pace.
“We’re going to America!” he told his 8,700 Twitter followers the next day. ”I will spend the weekend with the team and participate in the first free practice,” Kvyat added in Russian. (GMM)
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