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Sport "Strong addition": Alpine signs Daniil Kwjat as a substitute driver

19:31  02 march  2021
19:31  02 march  2021 Source:   cms.downloadvod.daznservices.com

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Daniil Kwjat gehört ab sofort zum Aufgebot von Alpine © Alpine Daniil Kwjat is now part of the Alpine

squad Daniil Kwjat has found a new job after leaving AlphaTauri and for the Formula 1 season 2021 at Renault - Successor Alpine hired. The Russian will be the official reserve driver for the French, replacing his compatriot Sergei Sirotkin, who was reservist in Enstone the previous year.

"I am delighted to be able to join the Alpine family," said Kwjat at the presentation of the new A521 for the upcoming season. "The team achieved great results last year and is very advanced technologically. Development has been strong and I want to contribute to this positive trend."

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Alpine is already the fourth team for the former Red Bull driver. After his first exit from Toro Rosso, he joined Ferrari as a test driver and found his way back to the Red Bull junior team. Because they will use the services of Yuki Tsunoda there in 2021 and sign Sergio Perez at Red Bull, there was no place for Kwjat.

The move to Alpine followed: "We're pretty happy about that, because it's important to have a strong back-up in a pandemic," says Alpine managing director Laurent Rossi. "Daniil has shown that he is a very fast and reliable driver in difficult conditions."

"At the age of 26 he already had three podiums, so we are very, very happy that someone can step in and score points when necessary," said Rossi, the Kwjat as a "strong addition" to Alpine designated.

Meanwhile, the Chinese Guanyu Zhou remains the team's test driver. The 21-year-old is part of the Alpine Academy and will compete for Virtuosi in Formula 2 in 2021.

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