Daniil Kvyat says he misses the winning feeling as he prepares to return to the Yas Marina circuit in Abu Dhabi which hosted his last race victory back in 2013 when he clinched the GP3 crown.
The Russian driver has enjoyed a meteoric rise over the past 24 months by making his F1 debut with Toro Rosso before graduating to Red Bull in just his second season. The 21-year-old has continued his rapid progress up the F1 ranks in 2015 as a regular points scorer and grabbed his maiden F1 podium with a second place finish at the Hungarian Grand Prix.
If Kvyat can keep hold of seventh place in the F1 drivers' standings he will finish above Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo and end the year top Renault-powered driver.
However, on his return to the circuit which hosted his last race win the accolades give Kvyat little satisfaction.
“Winning always feels great and it's actually the last race that I won, so it's a bloody long time ago,” Kvyat said. “I'd really like to change that. I miss that feeling a lot.
“I generally enjoy most tracks and in one way or another they all have good associations but it's particularly the case at Yas Marina because I won the GP3 championship there.”
12 months ago Kvyat's season ended in underwhelming circumstances in Abu Dhabi, having started from fifth on the grid after both Ricciardo and Vettel were excluded from qualifying due to illegal front wings his race ended after just 14 laps due to a driveshaft issue.
Looking to make happier memories this year to cap off a successful F1 campaign, Kvyat says the conclusion of a season always produces mixed emotions.
“It's a kind of sad weekend in some ways, because it's the last race of the season, which for a driver is not great,” he explained. “Sure, you're mentally tired after a long season but whenever the racing stops there's a bit of an empty feeling inside. You really miss racing. At least I do, but I'm sure I'll find some way of having some fun in the winter.”