6 November 2013
Kvyat: GP3 good preparation for F1
Danill Kvyat says he doesn't expect to have too many problems when he steps up to F1 with Toro Rosso for 2014.
New GP3 Series champion Daniil Kvyat has dismissed suggestions that he will not be properly prepared for the jump to F1 next season, insisting that the junior championship has a lot in common with the top flight.
Having already been confirmed as Jean-Eric Vergne's new team-mate at Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2014, Kvyat wrapped up the GP3 title with a consummate lights-to-flag performance in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Despite his success, however, the Russian remains a surprise choice to many, with STR having had to justify why it took him over expected selection Antonio Felix da Costa.
Kvyat, though, believes that, with a little testing under his belt – something STR is already working on in order to secure him the mandatory superlicence – he will quickly adapt to the challenges provided by a two-class jump in machinery.
“GP3 is a really good place to be for young drivers,” he claimed, “We race at the same tracks as F1, in the same conditions all the time and, also, the tyres are really similar. I think it's a better preparation than what people think.
“I'm really looking forward to the next step but, right now, I also want to enjoy this [moment] and celebrate. We worked hard for it - we deserve to enjoy it! I'm really, really happy and I'm proud of myself, the team and everyone involved this year. It's a strong result and to be going to F1 like this, it could not be better!”
Kvyat insists that, while the title was obviously the ultimate aim for the season, he did not set himself any specific targets.
“I don't really like to set objectives or anything,” he explained, “You can never know what can happen. You just have to work step by step. When we started the season in Barcelona, we were really far away but, fortunately for us, after the first round, there was a season test in Budapest. That's where we could try a lot of different options and solutions.
“From there on, we were competitive. That's when I think we started to win the championship, slowly but surely. We were consistent and then we became unbeatable at Spa and it stayed like that until this final round.
“After Spa, I thought there was a chance. And, after Monza, I thought 'let's go for it!'. We came here [to Abu Dhabi] with one goal and we did it. It makes this taste even better because I came here with this one sole goal. I was focused all weekend [and] I'm really happy.”
While admitting that Yas Marina would forever hold some significance for him, the champion found it hard to single out any one event as his biggest memory.
“This one [is special] because I enjoyed every single corner today,” he conceded, “Of course, Monza was a very special weekend. Actually, every weekend is special in a way. It's hard to find which one is my favourite really. They're all my favourites! They're really special...”
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