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”.