Red Bull Junior Daniil Kyvat will contest the Hockenheim round of the FIA Formula 3 European Championship with Carlin, joining the team’s regular four car line-up. The 18 year-old Russian who is completing a full time programme in the GP3 Series this season will make sure he is race fit with his Formula 3 debut at the Hockenheimring from 3 – 5 May.
Despite never competing in a Formula 3 car before, Kyvat’s single seater career is impressive. The Red Bull Junior finished third in the competitive Formula Renault 2.0 Euro championship in 2011 and just missed out on the title in 2012 finishing vice champion with nine podiums including seven wins.
A regular front runner in this year’s GP3 pre-season tests, Kyvat joins Carlin’s successful Formula 3 team, which has already taken two pole positions and a race victory in the first two events of the season.
Kyvat will join Carlin runners Harry Tincknell, Jordan King, Nicholas Latifi and Jann Mardenborough who have all scored points in the opening two rounds at Monza and Silverstone.
Kyvat said, “This will be my first time in an F3 car so it’s going to be very exciting. With my first real experience of the car being in race conditions it will be a challenge and it will mean I’ve got to take it step by step and build up the pace gradually. This race is to improve my experience so I’m not expecting anything magic. I will just do my job and see what it brings. With Carlin I expect we will have good foundations to work from.”
The Red Bull Junior follows in the footsteps of Toro Rosso F1 racers Daniel Ricciardo and Jean-Eric Vergne who both competed with and won titles with Carlin’s F3 team. “I was very excited when I heard that I would race with Carlin – it was good news for me. I’m honoured to race with the team and its good experience for me. There’s a lot to learn in the car and with a new team but I like the Hockenheim circuit having won there in Formula Renault 2.0 so it should be a positive experience.”
Trevor Carlin added, “We’re delighted that the Red Bull Junior programme have placed Daniil with us for Hockenheim. He’s a very exciting driver and has shown a lot of talent in his career so far. The aim of the weekend is to give Daniil some more experience and it’s very much a learning exercise, but despite that I expect to see some encouraging results from him.”