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F1: Sochi grandstand to be named for Toro Rosso rookie Kvyat

Sep 1, 2014, 7:00 PM EDT

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Normally, you have to have one superb racing resume in order to have a grandstand named after you at a track.

And while Formula One rookie Daniil Kvyat has had a solid first year in the global pinnacle of motorsport, he’s still a ways off from being in the lead pack, let alone contending for a World Championship.

But that hasn’t stopped organizers of the upcoming Russian Grand Prix from naming a grandstand at the newly-built Sochi Autodrom in honor of the Scuderia Toro Rosso pilot.

Apparently, Kvyat was also under the belief that he wasn’t quite ready for such a thing.

“I was amazed to learn there will be a grandstand bearing my name at the Sochi Autodrom – usually, this is an honor reserved for drivers who have retired, so it is both surprising and a great privilege,” he said in a statement.

The stand bearing Kvyat’s name will be situated in Turn 4 and on the inside of the circuit, providing views from Turn 2 all the way through to Turn 5.

“I hope that the spectators will enjoy the fantastic view and have a wonderful time over the weekend of the first ever Russian Grand Prix,” Kvyat also said. “It will be a historic time for Formula One and for Russia and I can’t wait to race in front of my home crowd.”

Kvyat has cracked the points in five Grand Prix this year, which include his inaugural start back in March at Australia and the most recent race at Belgium (ninth).

His Aussie counterpart at the senior Red Bull Racing team, Daniel Ricciardo, recently praised Kvyat’s efforts in 2014 and said that the young Russian reminds him of himself a bit – “very immature, but when he needs to be mature, he’s very mature.”

  1. indycarseries500 - Sep 1, 2014 at 8:21 PM

    A sixteen year old kid gets an F1 contract and a 20 year old rookie gets a grandstand, what is going on?!

  2. seabassfan - Sep 1, 2014 at 9:11 PM

    I haven’t done anything in F1 yet either, could we maybe rename Spa after me?

    • worknman24hours - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:26 PM

      The Formula One Grand Prix of Seabass.

      Held at the legendary track formerly known as Spa.

      Send Bernie One Hundred Million Dollars,the FIA Two Hundred Million Dollars and the people that own the track formerly known as Spa two thousand euros.

  3. worknman24hours - Sep 1, 2014 at 10:28 PM

    fan can be added to the end of the name for another fifty million dollars to Bernie and the FIA.

    The people who actually own the track formerly known as Spa get nothing extra.

  4. shotgunzoom - Sep 1, 2014 at 11:20 PM

    Classic rundown, classic!!!!!

  5. techmeister1 - Sep 2, 2014 at 1:34 PM

    It’s a disgrace that F1 is actually holding a race in Russia after they provided arms to the rebels who shot down a plane full of innocent people, killing all on board. That and Russia’s imperialism into the Ukraine is outrageous and has been condemned by the civilized world yet F1 is holding a race in Russia… Evidently the lives of those killed on the plane are of less significance than an F1 race in Russia.

  6. shotgunzoom - Sep 2, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    I don’t like that the race is being run in Russia either. However, F1 isn’t the only sports organization to go there. The Olympics and FIFA have or are putting on events there. Button line it’s all about the money. Unfortunately in my opinion.

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