Daniil Kvyat

I’ll do what I know, which is to drive fast

Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing drives during the Bahrain Formula One Grand Prix at Bahrain International Circuit on April 19, 2015 in Bahrain, Bahrain.  (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)
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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 the strongest survive. My favourite food is Bavarian sausage, mozzarella, Russian food. My favourite music is disco, house, electronic.


Daniil Kvyat hails from the city of 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 tenth 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 teammate Carlos Sainz Jnr, 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 peerless triple at Monza.

Daniil had an outstanding 2012 with 14 wins in Formula Renault 2.0. He competed in both the Eurocup, where 7 victories took him to second place, and the Alps series, where another 7 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, from there it was only a matter of time until the rising star was promoted to Infiniti Red Bull Racing in 2015.

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Career Highlights

  1. 2015
    1. 4th Place: F1 Gran Premio de México

      Mexico City, Mexico

  2. 2015
    1. 2nd Place: F1 Hungarian Grand Prix

      Mogyoród, Hungary

  3. 2014
    1. Youngest points scorer in F1 history

      After finishing in 9th place in the F1 Rolex Australian Grand Prix, his F1 debut.

      Albert Park, Melbourne, Australia

  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

    2. 3rd Place Overall: Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0