Daniil Kvyat has confirmed that he will move into sportscar racing in 2022 following a year on the sidelines in F1.
The Russian lost his seat with AlphaTauri at the end of the 2020 season, and then joined Alpine as a reserve driver for 2021. Now, though, he will return to racing, having signed for the G-Drive Racing team in the World Endurance Championship.
Kvyat will join Rene Binder and James Allen in the Oreca 07 Gibson, competing in the LMP2 class.
"There are few categories and championships that are more competitive than racing in prototypes and in the WEC," Kvyat was quoted by Motorsport.com.
"I am looking forward to making my debut with G-Drive Racing, a team that is at the very top of endurance racing and to race for victory in the WEC and, of course, at Le Mans."
"I am sure his F1 career is far from over"
Team Principal Roman Rusinov has said that signing Kvyat is "incredibly significant", but does not necessarily believe that the driver will never be seen in Formula 1 again.
"I've been following Daniil's career since he was in GP3 and have always kept in touch," Rusinov explained.
"I consider him to be extremely talented and like his style. I wanted to give him the opportunity to win Le Mans, but I am sure his F1 career is far from over."
Kvyat was given his F1 debut in 2014 with the then-called Toro Rosso outfit, and went on to be promoted to Red Bull in 2015.
However, early in the 2016 campaign, Kvyat was demoted back down to the junior squad, whilst Max Verstappen was given his seat at the main Red Bull team.
A year on the sidelines followed in 2018, during which Kvyat acted as a development driver for Ferrari. He then returned to the grid for another two-year spell with Toro Rosso in 2019 and 2020, before he was replaced by Yuki Tsunoda for 2021.
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