Daniil Kvyat will race for Toro Rosso in Formula One next year as the hotly-tipped Antonio Felix da Costa missed out on his chance to drive for the team.
Kvyat, a 19-year-old racer from Russia, will replace Daniel Ricciardo at the team next year.
“Ever since I began karting, I wanted to get to Formula One and now that wish will become reality next season,” said Kvyat.
“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, I am sure, help me to become part of the team very quickly.”
Kvyat will partner Jean-Eric Vergne who is being retained by the team for a third season. Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost said Kvyat “impressed our team with a strong performance and very informative technical feedback at the young driver test in Silverstone”.
“This suggests that the basic qualities from which he can progress are all in place,” Tost added. “Daniil can be sure that we will use all our experience of training youngsters to give him the best possible start to his Formula One career.”
Da Costa said on Twitter the news “hurts but it’s like this”, adding he was “happy for Daniil”.
Ferrari Driver Academy member Callum Ilott will start the 64th Macau Grand Prix from pole position after beating his Formula 3 rivals to victory in Saturday’s qualification race.
Ilott, 19, started third on the grid on Saturday behind pole-sitter Joel Eriksson and McLaren junior Lando Norris, but made a good start to rise to second early on.
Ilott hounded Eriksson for position for much of the race before battling past at Mandarin on Lap 7 as his Swedish rival struggled to keep his tires alive.
With Eriksson unable to respond, Ilott ultimately crossed the line more than seven seconds clear to take his first Macau win and secure pole for Sunday’s main event.
“We started quite strong as I got up to second from third which was not too bad. Then in the middle part of the race I had a good pace and I got past Joel for P1,” Ilott said.
“After that I managed to pull away. It was a good race, even quite relaxing at the end. I’m really happy for the result. Thank you SJM Theodore Racing by Prema, they did a great job and it should be good for tomorrow too.”
Eriksson held on to second ahead of Sergio Sette Camara, who completed the podium ahead of Maximilian Günther in P4.
Ferdinand Habsburg finished fifth ahead of Pedro Piquet, while Norris was left to settle for a lowly P7 after a clutch issue off the line caused him to drop down the order.
You can see full results from the Macau F3 qualifying race here.