Toro Rosso announce Kvyat as second driver

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Toro Rosso have announced that young Russian driver Daniil Kvyat will race for the team in the 2014 F1 World Championship, replacing Daniel Ricciardo who moves to Red Bull, writes James Beckett.

The 19-year-old, who is a product of the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme, will partner Jean-Eric Vergne at the Italian squad that is partly based in Bicester.

This year, Kvyat has been competing in GP3 and the European Formula Three championship and also tested for Toro Rosso at the Silverstone young driver session in July.

He said: “This is fantastic news, a dream come true and I want to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for giving me this priceless opportunity. Ever since I began karting, I wanted to get to Formula One and now that wish will become reality next season.

“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 help me to become part of the team very quickly.”