Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat says although pre-season wasn't the smoothest process he is looking to put to achieve his best Formula 1 finish at the season-opening race in Australia.

The Russian driver made his Formula 1 debut in Melbourne 12 months ago with Toro Rosso and now returns for his second season in the sport, this time with Red Bull. Kvyat admitted pre-season testing in Jerez and Barcelona didn't fully go to plan but still feels his team are a vast step forward on 2014.

"We did our best in the testing. I wouldn't say it was the smoothest, but it was productive," Kyvat said. "Compared to last year we were definitely on another level. I'm sure that there will be very tight competition in Australia. We'll do our best."

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Looking ahead to the Australian Grand Prix, Kvyat says the race holds a special place with him, as it was the scene of his F1 debut. The 20-year-old finished a solid ninth place which is his joint-career best finish to date.

"There is always something special about the race in Australia," Kvyat said. "It's my second race in Melbourne and I took a lot of great memories from the race last year. It's a beautiful place. Good weather, good food and great atmosphere.

"Well it was my first Formula One race and it all felt like a dream, because I didn't know what to expect. It's a memory that will never go away. I finished my first race in the points and became youngest-ever scorer, so it was very special for me."