Daniil Kvyat has been nominated by Alpine F1 as a reserve driver for the 2021 season.
The 26-year-old Russian was sacked by AlphaTauri last year and it was almost entirely clear that he would not get a race seat for 2021, as at the time only Red Bull’s second seat was vacant and it seemed a long way off (it eventually went to Sergio Perez).
He and his manager Nicholas Todt have been pushing for Kvyat to stay in Formula 1 in some capacity. The result was not a proper race seat, but also a significant role in Formula 1.
He has over six seasons of racing experience in Formula 1 (AlphaTauri/Toro Rosso and Red Bull), including three podiums in 110 race-starts.
It remains unclear how many races or practice sessions Kvyat will contest or how much time he will get in the car over the course of the season. Nevertheless, he offers impressive experience should he have to stand in for regular driver Esteban Ocon and the returning double world champion Fernando Alonso.
Laurent Rossi, Alpine CEO, said: “Throughout his career, Daniil has forged a reputation as a very quick driver, but has also shown great resilience. We are pleased to have yet another determined and talented driver in our ranks as we make our first F1 campaign as Alpine F1 Team.”
“As a reserve driver you need to keep sharp and I look forward to integrating into the team in several different areas.”Daniil Kvyat, Alpine F1
Kvyat added: “I am very excited to join the Alpine F1 Team family. The team has achieved some great results in the past year and is very technologically advanced. Development has been strong, and I am aiming to contribute to this positive trend. I will try to bring my experience on and off track to help develop the A521 and future cars as well.