Daniil Kvyat says F1 should be applauded for creating tracks which require 'bravery and balls' like the new Baku street circuit which proved unforgiving to driver mistakes.
The Toro Rosso driver says he relished the challenge of the latest Hermann Tilke-inspired circuit on the streets of the Azerbaijan capital and particularly commended the tight nature with limited run-off space.
With safety often taking paramount at circuits and neutralising the dangers of running off-track, Kvyat feels it has been a positive move to see the Baku city circuit become a welcomed addition on to the F1 calendar.
“I think on this kind of track you need to be brave, you need to use your balls, so it's quite nice to see tracks where you need bravery, where you need to attack on your limit but knowing you can be punished very easily,” Kvyat said. “I think of all the modern tracks, this one is one we want to see more often.
“It doesn't have to be only the racing on the street circuits, but let's say Zandvoort, or Mugello – when I raced there four years ago with no runoff areas – that's the sort of tracks we want to see, or Imola.
“Obviously you can't have 100% of races on street circuits, but yeah I'm telling you examples; Zandvoort, Mugello, Imola, these kind of tracks.”
Kvyat also hopes current F1 tracks are not nullified by flat kerbs and longer run-offs which punish driver errors less severely and therefore making it an easier challenger.
“I'm a bit worried to go to Red Bull Ring because I heard they ruined it again with all the runoff areas and really flat kerbs, but let's see, maybe I'm wrong,” he said. “That's where you need your bravery, because in Abu Dhabi you get the car and brake too late – 'Oh I locked up'.
“You're upset because you locked up, you lose your lap, and there is still pressure to do the lap, but there is no pressure to go off and smash your car.”