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Toro Rosso pass over Da Costa for Kvyat in 2014

Oct 21, 2013, 4:26 PM EDT

F1 Young Driver Tests - Silverstone: Day Three Getty Images

Daniil Kvyat will race for Toro Rosso in Formula One next year as the hotly-tipped Antonio Felix da Costa missed out on his chance to drive for the team.

Kvyat, a 19-year-old racer from Russia, will replace Daniel Ricciardo at the team next year.

“Ever since I began karting, I wanted to get to Formula One and now that wish will become reality next season,” said Kvyat.

“I had a brief taste of working with the Toro Rosso team, when I drove for them at the Silverstone test and I enjoyed the experience very much. The fact I am based in Italy and speak Italian will, I am sure, help me to become part of the team very quickly.”

Kvyat will partner Jean-Eric Vergne who is being retained by the team for a third season. Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said Kvyat “impressed our team with a strong performance and very informative technical feedback at the young driver test in Silverstone”.

“This suggests that the basic qualities from which he can progress are all in place,” Tost added. “Daniil can be sure that we will use all our experience of training youngsters to give him the best possible start to his Formula One career.”

Da Costa said on Twitter the news “hurts but it’s like this”, adding he was “happy for Daniil”.

  1. apexassassin - Oct 21, 2013 at 11:14 PM

    And that makes two Russians… will there be a third I wonder?

    Though going to Toro isn’t exactly a smart move with Sainz coming in and the teams record of dismissing decent drivers. Frankly I’m shocked they haven’t dumped Vergne for being decent but not great… then again, New Webber Ricciardo hasn’t been terrific either and he got a promotion, lol.

  2. huskyfrk - Oct 22, 2013 at 3:38 AM

    this will be a joke. this kid is way green. you just know a rich russian backer is pushing this along. way to many other canidates to choose from.

  3. thenicklemansbrothera - Oct 22, 2013 at 4:39 PM

    Someone to replace Grosjean as the “crash kid”. Way too green, way to eager, out to prove himself at all costs. 2014 is going to be difficult enough for the grid without having too many newbys.

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