Daniil Kvyat believes Red Bull is well prepared and will go into the season opening Australian Grand Prix with “no big question marks”.
Red Bull managed over 800 laps in total during the two four-day pre-season tests in Barcelona, and while the Milton Keynes outfit was more than 500 shy of Mercedes' tally, its lap count was similar to the likes of Ferrari and Williams.
“I feel like we're prepared going into the first race, we've done a good amount of work in winter testing with all the procedures we were after,” Kvyat confirmed.
“We maximised everything and we know what to do in Melbourne and that's the most important thing so there are no big question marks now and that's very good.”
The Russian is also feeling more self-assured in himself as he goes into his second season with Red Bull and his third in the top flight.
“I think compared to this time last year, I'm feeling a lot more confident and comfortable in the team, I know everyone a lot better and everyone knows me, so it's good that we start off the season with this kind of confidence,” he explained.
“With my engineers for example, we all know each other very well and with everyone in the garage too – we all know what each other is doing and what to expect from each other – so it's good!”
Meanwhile, looking to the Australian GP itself, Kvyat added: “I like Melbourne it's a nice, chilled out place with good food, a good beach and sunshine.”
“The track is quite unusual, there is no other track you can compare it to; it's half street circuit, half normal circuit with tight run off areas. You have to maximise your entries everywhere, be very precise in your driving – I like it,” he continued.
“Compared to [my team-mate] Daniel [Ricciardo]'s Australian GP weekend, I'll just have less media to be honest! But then I'll get the punchback in Russia soon after! It's a more relaxed weekend for me, I have a lot of time on Tuesday and Wednesday – I like being in Australia so it's good for me.
“Daniel has much more time to stay in Australia anyway through the year so it's OK he can suffer for a bit!”