Kvyat realistic over Toro Rosso chances
1 October 2013 – Daniil Kvyat is staying realistic over his chances of landing a Toro Rosso seat next season, having recently been named as a candidate by team boss Franz Tost.
The Russian, 19, was mentioned alongside fellow Red Bull Junior Team members Carlos Sainz, Jr. and António Félix da Costa following Daniel Ricciardo's promotion, with all three men gaining Formula 1 mileage at the Silverstone Young Driver Test.
Although an announcement is yet to be made, GP3 title contender Kvyat admits "there are many factors" out of his hands, with Félix da Costa – who is currently contesting the Formula Renault 3.5 series – the clear favourite to partner Jean-Éric Vergne.
"I'm really pleased that Franz is thinking this way. I wouldn't mind for sure! But there are many factors that don't depend on me," Kvyat told GPUpdate.net of the situation. "I'm still really young, but from my side I don't see any problems. I think there is always a chance, because theoretically you can go from GP3 to Formula 1. Even Formula Renault 2.0 to Formula 1 is possible, as we have seen with Kimi Räikkönen. But we don't see a lot of that happening nowadays.
"To be realistic, António is in a very good place for it. It's all up to him now to get good [Formula Renault 3.5] results and convince the bosses to take him as a Toro Rosso driver. At least I have a chance, but I don't know how big or small it is. We will see."
With only an outside chance of making the leap to Formula 1 next year, Kvyat added that he is most likely to follow Félix da Costa by joining the Formula Renault 3.5 grid.
"It might be GP2, but more logical would be Formula Renault 3.5. All the Red Bull juniors have been there before joining Formula 1," Kvyat went on to explain. "I think that's the more logical step, but again that's up Red Bull and Dr. Helmut Marko."