Daniil Kvyat's preparation for his move to Formula 1 in 2014 will include driving for Toro Rosso in opening practice at the final two races this year it has been revealed.
This week the 19-year-old Russian was announced as the surprise choice to replace Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo for 2014 alongside Jean-Eric Vergne.
Before he can drive the STR8 in Austin and Interlagos however, Kvyat will need to obtain the necessary super-license all F1 drivers have.
"We plan to run him in a two-year-old Formula One car very soon ... so that he can complete enough mileage to qualify for the all-important document," Red Bull-owned Toro Rosso said in a report posted on its website.
Meanwhile, there has been mixed reaction to the Russian's appointment.
Yesterday Jenson Button admitted his concerns about the 19-year-old, claiming he will face a steep learning curve moving from a team with 12 employees to one with over 700.
But the outspoken advisor to Red Bull, Dr Helmut Marko, described those comments as "hypocritical" especially as Button's McLaren team is trying to push it's youngsters, Kevin Magnussen and Stoffel Vandoorne, into F1.
"Sebastian was the first of our young drivers to do it (succeed), and now Daniel Ricciardo is coming as the second," he told Speed Week.
"That's another thing: Red Bull brings young talent into formula one while the others talk.
"They say there is no room for inexperienced drivers, but that's just an excuse. Daniel and Sebastian are two that have made it out of our junior team and we are very proud of it," he added.
One obstacle new F1 drivers may face, however, is a stiffer criteria to obtain the super-license with O Estada de S.Paulo claiming the FIA want to increase the stipulations on safety grounds.
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