Russia’s Red Bull-backed Daniil Kvyat will now continue his duties with the MW Arden squad in GP3, but now becomes the fifth driver in the Carlin line-up for the 2013 FIA F3 European Championship. The 19-year-old showed real promise last time out at Hockenheim, scoring both one pole position and his first podium finish that weekend, meaning that this opened the door for the British squad to broaden their ranks for the rest of the season.
However, as he competes as a guest driver for the remaining 7 rounds of the championship, the 2012 Formula Renault Alps Champion will be ineligible for any points finishes this season, but he knows that by having this experience in an ultra-competitive championship, it will help him develop as a driver: “It’s great news that I get to do the rest of the championship. I really like the series and the first race was a great experience and gave me reason to do the rest of the season.
“F3 is a very competitive series and I’m doing it with a competitive team which will give me an advantage. I’m going to be fighting for the high places, this is my goal.”
Team Principal Trevor Carlin was ecstatic that the Red Bull Junior programme, headed by Helmut Marko, is carrying on its links with the squad, which has been prevalent since 2006, and was clearly impressed with the Russian driver’s impact that was made in Germany: “Dany was extremely impressive in his first weekend of F3 and I know both he and the team are very keen to build on that further with the benefit of a little more time and experience.”
The fourth round of the Championship will take place this coming weekend, with the drivers finding themselves split into two groups for qualifying, following an executive decision by the organizers to prevent major accidents happening. But the 1.929km Brands Hatch Indy circuit will see more close wheel-to-wheel racing, as the quest to be Formula 3’s number one continues….