Daniil Kvyat

I’m an F1 driver and I do what I know best: drive fast

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Hi, my name is Daniil Kvyat. My discipline is F1. My friends call me Dany. I was born on 26 April 1994 in Ufa, Republic of Bashkortostan, Russia. My special talent is Ping-pong. My philosophy of life is Only the strongest survive. My favourite food is Bavarian sausage, mozzarella, Russian food. My favourite music is Disco, House, Electronic.


Daniil Kvyat hails from Ufa in the Russian Republic of Bashkortostan. However, like all good kart racers, Daniil packed his bags and headed to Italy for serious competition and to this day lives in Rome with his family.

Daniil’s racing career in karts saw him finish third in the KF3 European Championships and second in the WSK International Series. When single-seaters came calling, Daniil moved on to Formula BMW. In 2010 he finished 10th in the European Championship and also appeared as guest driver in the Pacific series, winning two of his eight races and taking three other podiums.

Along with junior team-mate Carlos Sainz, he transferred to Formula Renault 2.0 and competed in both the Northern European Championship and Eurocup. While Daniil’s season got off to a rocky start he gained confidence as the year went on and finished it winning the last four rounds of the NEC, including a triple at Monza.

Daniil had an outstanding 2012 with 14 wins in Formula Renault 2.0. He competed in both the Eurocup, where seven victories took him to second place, and the Alps series, where another seven wins gave him the title.

He took his next step up to GP3 in 2013 with the MW Arden Team. He quickly found lightning pace right from pre-season testing, eventually taking the 2013 Drivers' Championship title. 

In 2014 he joined the world's best as a Formula One driver for Scuderia Toro Rosso, and then in 2015 moved to Red Bull Racing.

He moved back to the familiar surroundings of the Scuderia Toro Rosso garage after four races of 2016, making the switch with Max Verstappen. In Spain, at his first race back with the team, Daniil achieved the first Fastest Lap in the team's history as he outpaced the next man in the timings list, Sebastian Vettel in the Ferrari, by more than a second.

Daniil continues in his Scuderia Toro Rosso seat for the 2017 season alongside Carlos Sainz.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2016
    1. Fastest Lap: F1 Spanish Grand Prix

      Scuderia Toro Rosso's first-ever Fastest Lap

      Barcelona, Spain

  2. 2016
    1. 3rd Place: F1 Chinese Grand Prix

      Shanghai, China

  3. 2015
    1. 7th Place Overall: F1 World Championship

    2. 2nd Place: F1 Hungarian Grand Prix

      Mogyoród, Hungary

  4. 2013
    1. GP3 Drivers’ Champion

  5. 2012
    1. Formula Renault 2.0 Alps Champion

    2. 2nd Place Overall: Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0

  6. 2011
    1. 2nd Place Overall: Formula Renault 2.0 NEC Season