The team Alpine F1 has reported this Tuesday that it has incorporated the Russian Daniil kvyat as a reserve driver to support the starters, the Spanish Fernando Alonso and french Esteban Ocon. Faced with the danger of being infected by coronavirus, the figure of a strong reserve pilot like Kvyat is key in case either of the two pilots are infected.
KvyatThe 26-year-old from Ufa has a wealth of recent F1 experience, including 110 grand prix appearances, 202 points, three podiums and one fastest lap over six racing seasons with Alpha Tauri, Toro Rosso and Red Bull.
Russian joins the pilots Fernando Alonso and Esteban Ocon, together with the test pilot, the Chinese Guanyu Zhou.
Kvyat made his F1 debut in 2014 after a year as the team’s test driver Toro Rosso.
As part of the Red Bull Junior Program, he won the GP3 title in 2013 and the Formula Renault 2.0 ALPS title in 2012.
“I am very excited to join the Alpine F1 Team family. The team has achieved great results last year. Y it is very technologically advanced. Development has been strong, and my goal is to contribute to this positive trend “says the Russian in a statement from the team.
“I will try to bring my experience on and off the track to help develop the A521 and future cars as well.. As a reserve driver you have to stay in shape and I am looking forward to joining the team in several different areas, “he adds.
Laurent Rossi, CEO of Alpine, states: “Throughout his career Daniil has built a reputation as a very fast driver, but he has also shown great endurance. We are delighted to have another determined and talented driver join our ranks in our first F1 campaign as the Alpine F1 Team.” .