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AUTOSPORT Awards 2014: Daniil Kvyat wins Rookie of the Year

Toro Rosso's Formula 1 newcomer Daniil Kvyat has been named motorsport's Rookie of the Year at the 2014 AUTOSPORT Awards

AUTOSPORT Awards 2014: Daniil Kvyat wins Rookie of the Year

The 20-year-old Russian has made a huge impression in his brief car racing career so far, rising to F1 this season after winning Formula Renault ALPS and GP3 titles in successive years.

Kvyat finished in the points on five occasions in 2014, and claimed a superb fifth on the grid for his home country's inaugural grand prix at Sochi in October.

He was retained by Toro Rosso in preference to experienced team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne for 2015 - and then earned a sudden promotion to multiple champion team Red Bull next season instead when Sebastian Vettel left for Ferrari.

As he collected his award Kyvat said: "It's been a great year and it's gone by so fast. I've been lucky to work with some great people at Toro Rosso. My first race was very special."

Kvyat's award was presented by his 2015 team boss, Red Bull Racing principal Christian Horner.

After presenting Kvyat with his award, Horner said: "He's got great speed. When Sebastian announced he was going to go to Ferrari, Daniil was the obvious choice to replace him."

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