Few would have predicted Daniil Kvyat's title march, or his graduation to Formula 1 next year, at the halfway point of the GP3 season. He hadn't even scored a podium by then, but it all came together beautifully in the second half of the year.
Winning the title in his rookie season was impressive enough, but the manner in which he built his momentum into an irresistible force was probably a key deciding factor in Toro Rosso gambling on him for 2014, coupled with his European Formula 3, F1 test and simulator performances.
Of his total points haul, 76 per cent (128) came in that second half of the season. His first podium was at the Hungaroring; his first win at Spa. Then the clinchers: two wins, two poles and two fastest laps at Monza and Yas Marina. Job done.
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