The final decision on Kvyat's future was made two weeks on in Singapore, where Eurointernational went along with the Formula 1 contingent, entering the Formula BMW Pacific series round. Daniil comfortably topped qualifying, bagging both pole positions, and then in the opening race triumphed in a tense duel against Richard Bradley, who was racing under the Singaporean flag.
"This Bradley knew the track very well, but Daniil and Carlos were also quick," Sgotto recalls. "At the start Bradley took the lead, but by the end Kvyat was attacking him in almost every corner. His defending was very unpleasant to watch – dirty. At one point, he braked much earlier and Daniil, because of that, hit him from behind. As a result, Bradley's exhaust was damaged, and Kvyat could pass him and win.
"After the race it was a complete circus. That driver's dad had strong ties to local stewards, and so they wanted to disqualify Daniil for the collision – allegedly he flattened his exhaust pipe, and the lack of power cost Bradley victory. It was absolutely brazen. We stayed at the track until midnight, arguing our case, but in the end they still gave Bradley the win and ordered us to give back the trophy."
"Nicola is from Calabria, he's a typical Southerner," Kvyat says. "He lost his temper and was ready to tear all those stewards apart. Everyone was upset, understandably, but in actuality the official result of the race didn't mean anything. The most important thing was that I proved I could fight for victories, proved I could match Carlos and even be ahead."
That same evening Helmut Marko called Kvyat over to the Formula 1 paddock, to discuss the following season: "It was right after the podium ceremony, I was still the race winner. And really, for Dr. Marko the result on paper wasn't particularly important. He was happy with how I did the race and asked me to head into the paddock, for the first time that season. "It was a strange feeling. Sebastian Vettel came up to us, we talked – for me it was as if not even real. Then Marko told me that we needed to discuss what to do next year. Told me there were two options: Formula Abarth and Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0. The latter was considered the most prestigious championship at that point in time, it boasted the highest level of competition. Carlos and Robin Frijns were heading there, as was Stoffel Vandoorne. I was raring to race there.
"Marko said: 'You live in Italy, it would be convenient for you to race in Abarth, but Formula Renault is also a real option. What do you think?' Of course, he almost certainly had his own clear vision of what to do next, and he would in any case have done what he was initially planing to do. But he still asked a 16-year-old kid's opinion, which I think is pretty great.
"I told him I didn't care how convenient or comfortable it would be, that I wanted to fight against the best and get used to the highest level of competition – and thus I'd prefer Formula Renault 2.0. He answered: 'Well, that's fantastic. I agree with you completely.' "