Daniil Kvyat says his first year as an F1 driver has flown by as he returns to the scene of his first practice appearance at the United States Grand Prix.

Having been announced as Daniel Ricciardo's replacement at Toro Rosso, Kvyat's first FP1 run for the team came in Austin last season. This time around, Kvyat will complete the full race weekend having already had a promotion to Red Bull in 2015 confirmed, and says he feels he has come a long way in the last 12 months.

"I have very good memories of Austin last year," Kvyat said. "It was a very exciting time for me and now it's hard to believe that already one year has gone by since that weekend in America. I feel like a veteran now! It's a special place for me because that's where I first was part of a Formula One Grand Prix weekend, even if it was only driving the Friday morning session.

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"I was reasonably quick there, maybe a couple of tenths off Daniel (Ricciardo) although I wouldn't be happy with that this time round. It will be good to go back there therefore. The track itself is very nice, fast with lots of challenging high speed corners, which I like. The track has plenty of up and downs with the first section featuring some corners that remind me of Silverstone."

Similar to Kvyat last year, Max Verstappen - who has been announced as a Toro Rosso driver next season - will take part in the opening practice session of the weekend in Austin.