Abu Dhabi: Russia’s Daniil Kvyat is unfazed by the recent criticism over being handed a direct entry into Formula One by Toro Rosso for next season.
Kvyat was chosen ahead of Portuguese racer and Kvyat’s own flatmate Antonio Felix Da Costa after an impressive season in GP3 and F3, but many feel that the seat has been bought as F1 will make its debut in Russia next year.
“I don’t care at all for what people are saying. These things will happen and people will keep saying things.
“The important thing is that I have got an entry into Formula One and I have to make the most of it,” said Kvyat, who clinch the GP3 Series title at Yas Marina Circuit this weekend.
“I have been following F1 very closely. I have been selected and that’s what I have to do from now on. I have no time to waste and will start building up right away. There is lot to learn from these drivers and soon I will be driving with them.”
Kvyat added that his inclusion will do a world of good to the sport back home in Russia.
“Yes, things change as soon as you have a driver from your country in F1. Everyone is now looking at me and I understand that the tempo is building up. It is going to be special and I’m certainly looking forward to the challenge,” he said.
The 19-year-old, who came through the Red Bull Junior Driver Programme, completed a test for Toro Rosso in July and impressed team bosses with his all-round approach. He is expected to continue testing for them after this weekend’s grand prix.
“Testing is certainly something I’m looking forward too. But I’m not sure if I will be doing that in the remaining two races yet. Till now I have not got any news from Toro Rosso. I’m not in any position to confirm that. However, yes, I’m ready for any challenge thrown at me,” he said. Kvyat finished his last race in GP3 in fifth yesterday but was happy with his showing in the UAE.
“I won the title by winning the first race [on Saturday] and that was important. Today it was fifth place and that’s the way it is. You cannot deliver always and you have to accept that,” he said.
Abu Dhabi Race 2 result
1 T. Ellinas (Marussia Manor Racing) 27min 59.709sec
2 D. Stoneman (Koiranen GP) 0.293s
3 C. Daly (ART Grand Prix) 0.774s
4 J. Harvey (ART Grand Prix) 1.231s
5 D. Kvyat (MW Arden) 1.865s
1 D. Kvyat 168pts
2 F. Regalia 138
3 C. Daly 126
4 T. Ellinas 116
5 J. Harvey 114