Ferrari has announced the signing of former Red Bull and Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat in a development role.
The Russian was demoted from Red Bull after just over one season, being replaced by Max Verstappen after the fourth race of 2016. On that occasion, Kvyat had just been heavily criticized for causing a collision with Sebastian Vettel that took the Ferrari driver out of the race on the opening lap.
After struggling at Toro Rosso, Kvyat was replaced temporarily by Pierre Gasly at last year’s Malaysian and Japanese races, but returned at Circuit of The Americas where he scored a point with 10th place. It proved to be Kvyat’s last race for the team, however, as Toro Rosso opted for a line-up of Gasly and Brendon Hartley which it will stick with for 2018.
Kvyat turned his attentions to the vacancy at Williams but that soon became a choice between Sergey Sirotkin and Robert Kubica – with fellow Russian Sirotkin looking set to take the seat – and so the 23-year-old has been signed by Ferrari to take on a development role alongside Antonio Giovinazzi.
The appointment was announced via Ferrari’s social media channels but added no further information regarding the role, which will largely comprise simulator work. Another former Toro Rosso driver – Jean-Eric Vergne – previously held the role until the end of 2016.
Ferrari’s move to sign Kvyat comes after the team has already found one of its young drivers a race seat for 2018, with Charles Leclerc driving for Alfa Romeo Sauber after winning the F2 championship last year.