This weekend saw another driver take the GP3 series Championship, as 19-year-old Russian ace, Daniil Kvyat, won the 2013 title at the penultimate race of the year at the Abu Dhabi season finale. The Toro Rosso-bound driver rounds off a great season which has shown the youngster’s adaptability, as he has competed in both GP3 and the FIA Formula 3 European Championship.
He will be the first driver since Williams’ Valterri Bottas to have made the jump directly from GP3 to Formula One, and the steep learning curve gets into full effect for the Rome-based driver, who will gets his first running in a FP1 session at the Circuit of the Americas and then the Formula One season finale at Interlagos.
Kvyat, who finished 1st in the first race of the weekend ahead of Carlin’s Nick Yelloly and Alexander Sims, managed the race is superb style, having had a great run of form from Barcelona this year. He came into the final event at Yas Marina just seven points behind Facu Regalia, but kept his composure to secure another title following on from the Formula Renault 2.0 Alps championship in 2012.
He also helped to secure a successive driver’s title for the MW Arden stable in GP3, who had New Zealand’s Mitch Evans take the title with them last year. The links with Arden, which is run by Infiniti Red Bull Racing’s Christian Horner, shows how much infrastructure there is to help the Red Bull Junior Team members move forwards which also includes Carlos Sainz Jr, who is also a part of the program.
Now it all comes down to just how things work out for the Russian driver as he soon starts the work that will be needed to compete with the big boys..
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