Daniil Kvyat tests NASCAR Whelen Euro Series car in Italy
Former Red Bull junior and Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat was seen testing a NASCAR Whelen Euro Series car on Monday at Franciacorta circuit in Italy, in the championship's first of the two 'Recruitment Day' running.
This was Kvyat's first public appearance driving a race car since his association with the energy drinks giants ended after the US Grand Prix in November. The Russian drove a Chevrolet V8-powered stock car used in the championship - his first time in such machinery.
It is unclear if Kvyat will make a move to sportscar and or touring car racing, with only one seat in Williams remaining to be confirmed for the 2018 season. The 23-year-old is up against fellow countryman Sergey Sirotkin along with grand prix winner Robert Kubica and Mercedes junior Pascal Wehrlein.
The Russian is believed to have an option and interest in the all-electric Formula E championship as well, but for now, his firm goal remains to find a seat in F1, whether full-time and or a reserve role.
Kvyat raced in 72 F1 races for Red Bull Racing and Toro Rosso between 2014 and 2017. Following Sebastian Vettel's move to Ferrari, the Russian was given his seat, however, his performances dipped, which pushed Red Bull to replace him with rising star Max Verstappen.
His demotion to Toro Rosso was looked at as a revival period for the promising youngster, but the Russian couldn't match up with his teammate Carlos Sainz, which eventually led the programme to replace him with 2016 GP2 champion Pierre Gasly and Brendon Hartley.
[Image courtesy: NASCAR Whelen Euro Series]