Scuderia Toro Rosso announced in Sochi on Saturday morning that Russian Daniil Kvyat will return to the team for the 2019 Formula One season, replacing Pierre Gasly who has moved up to the Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Team following Daniel Ricciardo’s departure to the Renault Sport F1 Team.
Kvyat who drove for Toro Rosso in 2014 before joining Aston Martin Red Bull Racing in 2015.
Kvyat returned to Toro Rosso ahead of the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix and joined Ferrari as their development driver in 2018. Speaking about his return to a full-time Formula One race seat, the Russian said:
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. 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 learnt 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.
Scuderia Toro Rosso Team Principal Franz Tost said:
Pierre Gasly’s impressive performance since he made his F1 debut last year has landed him a drive with Aston Martin Red Bull Racing next year. It is well deserved and from a Toro Rosso point of view, I am pleased that, once again, a driver from Helmut Marko’s Red Bull Junior Programme has stepped up to Red Bull Racing – mission accomplished! As for Daniil’s return, I believe he deserves another chance in Formula 1. 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.