Kvyat added to Ferrari team

Saturday, 13 Jan, 2018

Red Bull Academy refugee Daniil Kvyat has been confirmed as a development driver for Scuderia Ferrari.

Kvyat was dropped by Toro Rosso after the Singapore Grand Prix and, while he made a one-off return for Austin, was axed altogether from Red Bull's programme, ending his lengthy spell affiliated with the company.

However, Kvyat was replaced at Red Bull by Max Verstappen in May 2016 and returned to Toro Rosso, where he struggled for results, taking only a handful of points, a trend which continued into 2017.

Toro Rosso principal Franz Tost said in October that Kvyat's departure from the team was due to both parties losing confidence in each other, but the Russian may see his move to Ferrari as a chance to earn a full-time seat for 2019, with speculation ongoing that Kimi Raikkonen will not extend his stay beyond this year.

The appointment was announced via Ferrari's social media channels but added no further information regarding the role, which will largely comprise simulator work.

Ferrari's move to sign Kvyat comes after the team has already found one of its young drivers a race seat for 2018, with Charles Leclerc driving for Alfa Romeo Sauber after winning the F2 championship past year.