Ferrari has hired Daniil Kvyat as the development driver for 2018, this means he will be replacing 2017 test driver Antonio Giovinazzi. He will spend most of his time in the simulator in Maranello.
The first reaction from fans is rather negative, as Kvyat is known for his bizarre moves in F1 races. Remember when he pushed Vettel not once, but twice at the start of the Russian GP. In Silverstone he pushed his own team mate Sainz off the track and out of the race. And he crashed spectacularly in Suzuka all by himself. These incidents awarded him the nickname “The Torpedo”.
However a test driver doesn’t race (unless something happens to one of the main drivers, like in 2009 after the Massa accident). He tests new improvements in the simulator, so crashing is not really a problem. The driver needs to be fast and give feedback to the team. You can’t deny he’s fast, so the decision isn’t as weird as it seems.
We wish the Ferrari team the best of luck and success in the upcoming 2018 Formula 1 season. The new car will be revealed on the 22nd of february.