From the very start, Pavel Guskov was preparing Kvyat for European karting. The path to foreign competitions was trodden by Peter and Mikhail Aleshin, and Guskov, quite familiar with their experiences, tried to account for any mistakes that had been made.
"Right away Dany was taught a European style of driving," Guskov Sr. recalls. "The stewarding in Russia and Europe was different. Over there, they had a clear understanding that karting was a contact sport, whereas here moves that would go unpenalised in Europe would often lead to strict sanctions. Aleshin, when he was racing in junior classes, lacked track knowledge, but also an understanding of racing situations. He was simply not prepared for battles that were this tough. So when Pavel was hashing out a plan for Dany's preparations with Vyacheslav, he right away stressed that they would be gearing up for European karting.
"Pavel taught hard racing – the kind that you needed to know to compete in Europe. Because of that, in Russia, Dany would often fall foul of the stewards. He, a model student, was simply following instructions that he'd been given.
"From the start, he learned a rule: you have to stand your ground. If a rival had acted in a bad way, you had to let them know that they were in the wrong. Now, that didn't mean push them off the track or ruin the race – but, for example, a dive down the inside under braking in practice, and when they're to shut the door and turn into you, simply back out and let them slide through the grass."
At the end of 2005, Daniil started travelling to competitions in Italy. The father and his son soon understood that Europe was the place to build a professional career. "I remember when we first arrived to Parma," Daniil says. "The week before the race we were testing, and there were never fever than 30-40 people on track. For me, actually, it was no big difference. Of course, the paddock is different, but we had tracks, too – in Iksha, in Kursk. It's just that there were basically two of them in Russia, and 150 in Italy. The main thing was the number of competitors and their level. Everybody's you met had some sort of a bio, a story behind them. I think that's when we first crossed paths with Carlos Sainz and his son. We thought, whoa, a two-time world champion. All in all, it was like ending up in a special kind of world: all the drivers in their official overalls, with patches on them, everybody with a different-coloured helmet, their karts polished to a shine. Everything in ideal condition, surrounded by massive tents.
Kvyat Sr. added: "Take any mechanic - 'I worked with Lewis', 'me – with Trulli', 'me – with Kubica'. Of course, that was immediately captivating. And the racing season was over only in November, and in December we would be told: 'You can go do this race on January 4.' And that was the difference. There in the winter you were already racing – sure, in small-time competitions, but you were still gaining experience. The weather allowed for it, the tracks were in abundance. It was as if Italy itself was offering: 'Well, if you want to race, here you go.' "
Throughout the year Kvyat continued to compete in two countries, the schedule was getting more and more packed and the question of moving out of Russia arose by itself. "At a certain point we were racing in Italy more than in Russia," Daniil says. "Moving back and forth wasn't easy: a plane to Moscow, then straight to Kursk for a Russian championship round. By car, at night. We'd arrive all burned out. So in any case, it was steadily becoming clear that, if I were serious about racing, I had to move on. Winning the Russian championship is one thing, but winning the Italian or European championship – that's an entirely different story. We had to focus on one option. We had to choose."