Lamborghini Squadra Corse has appointed ex-Formula 1 driver Daniil Kvyat as a factory driver. In his new position, Kvyat will conduct testing of the company’s LMDh prototype this year, ahead of making his racing debut with Lamborghini Iron Lynx in the WEC and IMSA Championships in 2024.
Beginning his racing career in karting, Kvyat progressed through junior single seaters all the way to Formula 1, winning the Formula Renault Alps title, finishing second in the Formula Renault 2.0 championship in 2012, and winning the GP3 Series in 2023. During his time in Formula 1, Kvyat finished second at the Hungarian Grand Prix in 2015 and third at the German Grand Prix in 2019.
During 2023, Daniil Kvyat will also compete in the World Endurance Championship with PREMA Racing in the LMP2 class alongside Lamborghini factory driver Mirko Bortolotti and French driver Doriane Pin of the Iron Dames project. Next year, he will compete within the IMSA WeatherTech Sports Car Championship and the FIA World Endurance Championship in the Hypercar class.
“As a group, we are very excited to welcome Daniil to Lamborghini and believe he will be a strong asset to our LMDh project over the course of the 2023 season,” said Giorgio Sanna, head of motorsport at Lamborghini Squadra Corse. “Daniil’s main role with us will be working closely with our engineers and mechanics on the prototype car which will debut next year, and given his vast experience in other racing categories, I have no doubt that he will play a crucial part in us hitting the ground running in 2024.”
“I am very happy to have joined Lamborghini Squadra Corse, it is a great honor for me,” said Kvyat. “Lamborghini is a very well-known Italian brand with a great history in automotive world and, having grown up in Italy, this is an additional source of pride for me. We hope to achieve many goals together, I thank you for your trust in me and I look forward to starting work on the LMDh project later this year.”