Ferrari sign Daniil Kvyat as Development Driver for 2018 season. Sacked Toro Rosso driver and winner of 133 Grand Prix points, Daniil Kvyat has secured a Ferrari Development Driver role for 2018, removing yet another potential candidate for the spare Williams seat as the 23-year-old confirms his continuation in Formula One racing following the ignominious departure from the Red Bull programme. It is thought that Kvyat will be tasked with spending the majority of his time in the Ferrari simulator supporting main drivers Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Räikkönen, however it is not out of the question for the young Russian to at least sample some limited seat time during pre season testing later next month, if only to help correlate the feeling between real and virtual representations of the 2018 challenger from the Prancing Horse. Kvyat was looking at a bleak future in Formula One following the axe falling on his Red Bull stay, leaving very few realistic options open for continuing in the top flight of motorsport for what would have been a fifth consecutive season. However with a reprieve in the form of a role with Ferrari, Kvyat has remarkably kept himself in contention for a future return in the coming years should an opportunity arise elsewhere on the grid in 2018 and beyond. With Kvyat now confirmed at Ferrari and according to Toto Wolff outgoing Sauber driver Wherlien expected to stay somewhere in the Mercedes fold, fellow Russian Sergey Sirotkin and former race winner Robert Kubica remain favourites for the second Williams, with an announcement expected some time late next week. If you like your motorsport fast and open wheeled, check out the Formula One sub forum and get yourself in on the discussion today! Like what you see here at RaceDepartment? Don't forget to like, subscribe and follow us on social media! RaceDepartment YouTube RaceDepartment Twitter RaceDepartment Facebook RaceDepartment Twitch RaceDepartment Instagram Do you think the Ferrari / Kvyat announcement is good for both team and driver? Can the Russian reclaim a place on the grid in future seasons? Let us know in the comments section below!