Kvyat set for COTA debut after gaining superlicence


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.