Daniil Kvyat has been confirmed as one of Toro Rosso’s drivers for the 2019 season, less than a year after he was dropped by the team.
The Russian was replaced after last year’s United States Grand Prix and joined Ferrari as a test and development driver this season, but will now return to Toro Rosso in a race seat next year following the promotion of Pierre Gasly to Red Bull.
“First of all, I would like to thank Red Bull and Toro Rosso for giving me this opportunity to race in Formula 1 again and I am particularly pleased to be returning to a team I know very well,” Kvyat said. “Toro Rosso has always made me feel at home and I’m sure it will still be the same next season.
“I would also like to thank Ferrari for trusting my driving skills which allowed me to stay connected to F1 as their development driver. Even if my duties were primarily simulator based, I’ve learned a lot, and I now feel stronger and better prepared than when I left Toro Rosso.
“I never gave up hope of racing again — I am still young and I have kept in good shape to always be prepared in case another opportunity presented itself. I will give my best to deliver what the team expects from me and I can’t wait for everything to start again.”
The 24-year-old has two podiums to his name from his time at Red Bull but struggled after being moved back to Toro Rosso in place of Max Verstappen. However, team principal Franz Tost believes Kvyat will return a more rounded prospect next season.
“As for Daniil’s return, I believe he deserves another chance in Formula 1,” Tost said. “Daniil is a high skilled driver with fantastic natural speed, which he has proven several times in his career. There were some difficult situations he had to face in the past, but I’m convinced that having had time to mature as a person away from the races will help him show his undeniable capabilities on track.
“We’ll push very hard to provide him with a good package, and I feel the best is yet to come from his side. That’s why we are happy to welcome him back to our team, to start a successful season together.”
Kvyat will remain part of the Ferrari setup until the end of the season, and was not present at his home race on Friday while carrying out work on the simulator in Maranello.