AlphaTauri might have dropped him at the end of the 2020 season, but Daniil Kvyat will remain in the F1 paddock this year as he’s signed a new contract with Alpine as their Reserve Driver. Things you love to see!
Despite having a strong end to the 2020 F1 season, Kvyat was replaced at AlphaTauri by F2 superstar Yuki Tsunoda and left without a drive for this season.
Although this new role isn’t the same as having a full-time F1 seat, the 26-year-old will play a vital part in Alpine’s first season in the championship. With a hugely impressive racing resume to his name, Kvyat’s expertise will be a welcomed addition.
“I am very excited to join the Alpine F1 Team family,” Kvyat said about his new job role.
📣 Daniil Kvyat joins Alpine F1 Team as Reserve Driver
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“The team has achieved some great results in the past year and is very technologically advanced. The development has been strong, and I am aiming to contribute to this positive trend.”
Kvyat’s signing means he replaces fellow Russian Sergey Sirotkin, the Renault reserve for the previous two seasons.
“In a pandemic, it’s important for us to have a strong back up [driver],” Laurent Rossi, Alpine CEO, said about the news. “Daniil has proven that he is a very quick and reliable driver in very difficult conditions.”
Guanyu Zhou continues in his role as the team’s Test Driver.