17 June 2014
Kvyat: Red Bull Ring my kind of F1 track
While some his senior F1 rivals will be getting their first real glimpse of the Red Bull Ring on Friday, Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat has already won races at the track.
F1 rookie Daniel Kvyat is looking forward to returning to the scene of some of his most successful race weekends at the Red Bull Ring plays host to the top flight's first Austrian Grand Prix for eleven years.
While just three of this year's grid have F1 race experience dating back to the 2003 event, Kvyat and some of the younger drivers have at least had the chance to race there in the junior formulae, and the Russian is keen to get the weekend underway at a circuit he believes suits his style.
“This is one of my favourite circuits,” Kvyat enthused, happy to be racing at a track he knows after recent 'blind' debuts in Monaco and Montreal, “I raced [at the Red Bull Ring] in Formula Renault ALPS and had two wins there in 2012. I had a great weekend and really loved the track. Last year, I went back with F3 and again I had great memories, taking three poles out of three, followed by three second places in the races.
“It's my kind of track! It is quite a technical track, with heavy braking points and some fast and medium speed corners which I really enjoy, so hopefully the STR9 will go well there. You need to find a good balance as there are some reasonably long straights, but it's mainly about high speed corners which is where you find most of the lap time.
“It's going to be a big weekend for the Red Bull family, but I will be concentrating on the usual jobs of getting everything sorted and finding the right set-up from first free practice, having the right approach and seeing how it goes.”
While Kvyat has raced in Austria, Toro Rosso team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne also has some experience of the venue, having demonstrated an F1 car there at last year's World Series by Renault weekend, and is looking forward to returning to a circuit that, with only nine corners in its 4.326km layout, is going to have an average lap time under 70 seconds.
“The track is short, but really nice and I am sure it will make for a very interesting race this weekend,” Vergne commented, “We have to consider it as a sort of home race for Toro Rosso, and it will be an important event for us as part of the Red Bull family, so I hope we will perform well.”
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