Toro Rosso rookie team-mate Daniil Kvyat will be getting his first taste of the Ile Notre-Dame this weekend, much as he did in Monaco last time out, but insists that the learning curve won't be as steep this time.

The Russian was far from awe-struck by his first appearance in Monaco, working his way up the timesheets before eventually qualifying inside the top ten. His race, however, was cut short when his STR9 developed an exhaust problem and he had to retire, recording his first DNF in the top flight.

Heading to Montreal, however, Kvyat insists that, despite the circuit's reputation as a disrespecter of ability and reputation, he is ready to take whatever is thrown at him.

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"The Gilles Villeneuve Circuit is another one on the calendar where I have never raced before and Canada is another country that will be new to me," he confirmed, "All I know about Canada is that it's a beautiful place and, like us Russians, they are mad keen on ice-hockey!

Having watched onboard footage of previous Canadian grands prix and spent several hours in Toro Rosso's simulator, Kvyat is at least more familiar with the circuit layout.

"My first impression is that it's going to be an interesting weekend," he claimed, "The track has a lot of stop and go sections, as well as the hairpin and chicanes. It's going to be challenging and as always, it's going to be about finding the right rhythm and putting the lap together.

"It's a bit like Monaco as there is not much run-off area but, after my first experience of Monaco, nothing seems difficult now!"