Kvyat set for COTA debut after gaining superlicence

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Daniil Kvyat will drive an F1 car in an official session for the first time on Friday during practice for the United States Grand Prix after gaining his superlicence.

The Russian driver, who will race for Toro Rosso in 2014, completed a test at the Misano circuit in Italy on Friday at the wheel of the car the team used during the 2011 season.

Kvyat covered 102 laps of the track giving him over 250 miles of continuous running in an F1 car, meaning he qualifies for an F1 superlicence.

The 19-year-old will drive Jean-Eric Vergne’s car during the first practice session at the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas on Friday. He will also have a run during practice for the Brazilian Grand Prix in Daniel Ricciardo’s machine.

Kvyat will be the second Russian driver to participate in an official F1 session when he takes to the track on Friday, the first being Vitaly Petrov who lost his seat at the end of last season. He claimed the GP3 feeder series championship during the Abu Dhabi race weekend with his third race victory of the season.

Caterham have also confirmed American driver Alexander Rossi will drive in the first practice session in Texas.

Ferrari signs Callum Ilott to young driver academy

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Ferrari has confirmed the signing of rising British racer Callum Ilott to its prestigious driver academy ahead of the 2018 season.

Ilott, 18, is a former member of Red Bull’s junior program, and has spent the last three years racing in the FIA European Formula 3 series, taking eight race wins.

After finishing the 2017 season fourth in the championship with Prema Powerteam, Ilott has now linked up with the Ferrari Driver Academy in the next step of his racing career, becoming its first British member.

“Ferrari Driver Academy is pleased to announce that British driver Callum Ilott is the latest promising young driver to be selected for its development program,” an announcement from Ferrari reads.

“18 years old, Ilott joins the FDA in his third season in car racing, having just finished the FIA F3 European Championship. He comes with a strong pedigree in international Formula 3 racing, having made the jump directly from karting as reigning European Champion.

“Ilott joins Charles Leclerc, Antonio Fuoco, Guan Yu Zhou, Giuliano Alesi, Marcus Armstrong and Enzo Fittipaldi in the programme, which supports talented young drivers on their career path in motorsport.”

Besides its existing roster, the Ferrari Driver Academy also played a part in the careers of Sergio Perez, Lance Stroll and the late Jules Bianchi.