Kvyat's NASCAR Euro Series test 'for fun'
6 December 2017 – Daniil Kvyat's NASCAR Euro Series test was arranged "for fun", rather than it marking the start of a new career path, according to the championship's boss.
Kvyat, having recently lost his Formula 1 seat, was named on the entry list for a recruitment test at the Autodromo Di Franciacort in Italy on Monday and Tuesday.
NASCAR WES is a European-based stock car championship, which visits venues such as Valencia (Circuit Ricardo Tormo), Brands Hatch and Hockenheim.
Inspired by the American series, cars use a four-speed manual gearbox and are fitted with a V8 Chevrolet engine creating 450hp, with an overall weight of 1150 kg.
After details of the test surfaced online, NASCAR WES quickly played down Kvyat's outing as casual.
"He had a lot of fun with a car that does not have any assistance, as can be the case in Formula 1," series chief Jérôme Galpin told French magazine AUTOhebdo.
"It was simply a test for fun… Daniil remains focused on his career in Formula 1 and he does not plan to turn his attentions to NASCAR."
Kvyat made his Formula 1 debut with Toro Rosso in 2014, and graduated to Red Bull for 2015, amid Sebastian Vettel's surprise departure to Ferrari.
But he was demoted to Toro Rosso after four races in 2016, and then rested after this year's Singapore Grand Prix, having scored just eight points since returning to the junior team.
Kvyat raced again at the US Grand Prix, as Carlos Sainz Jr. made an early move to Renault, and Pierre Gasly focused on Super Formula, scoring a point in 10th.
However, he was then dropped from Red Bull's programme completely, casting serious doubt over his Formula 1 future, with only one seat available on the 2018 grid, at Williams.