Daniil Kvyat will take part in first practice for the United States and Brazilian Grands Prix after securing a Formula 1 Superlicense.
The 19-year-old, who will race alongside Jean-Eric Vergne at the Toro Rosso team from next year, drove a two-year-old STR6 at the Misano circuit last Friday to complete the required mileage to be granted the license. Kvyat managed 102 laps, equivalent to around 250 miles. The requirement for a Superlicense is 300km [186 miles], plus an outstanding single-seater record.
“I didn’t didn’t know what car it was,” admitted Kyvat. “Of course it was not the STR8 I drove at Silverstone this summer, but something quite similar to it.
“With stable technical regulations machinery teams’ machinery has mostly been the same for last two or three years. Of course, I expect much more changes next season.”
Kvyat, who had previously just completed 22 laps in an F1 car, secured this year’s GP3 championship in Abu Dhabi earlier this month. The Russian will replace Vergne for opening practice at Circuit of The Americas and teammate Daniel Ricciardo on Friday morning in Sao Paulo.
Kvyat said he did not yet know what his exact program for USGP practice would involve.
“I think the team will finalize our program on Thursday,” he said. “With tests in modern cars strictly restricted, every lap counts. So my target is to drive as much as possible, at the same time providing my engineers with information and learning the circuit for next year.”