Teenage rookie Daniil Kvyat is taking his Formula 1 debut weekend in his stride, revealing that he feels “calm, relaxed, no rush” ahead of the biggest weekend of his career.
Speaking to media in Melbourne, on the eve of the Australian Grand Prix weekend, Kvyat said of his feelings, “Excited, but nothing special. I’m quite excited to go racing again, hopefully we keep improving all the time, that’s all we have to do.”
The 19 year old Russian was fast tracked into Formula 1 after winning the GP3 championship last year, along the way beating some big names to the much coveted seat with Toro Rosso.
But Kvyat’s preseason was far from ideal with numerous problems severely curtailing his mileage in the STR9 and Melbourne free practice will be more like a test session for the Red Bull owned outfit.
“I think the electronic guys at Renault have been doing a lot of work and like I said, tomorrow [Friday Practice] will be quite an important day – I think for everybody, of course – to understand where we are.”
“Of course, we didn’t have the smoothest testing ever. We don’t know everything and we still have to try some things tomorrow, but I think many teams have to do it as well.”
“We’ll do our job. If we complete our job list, I think we’ll be in a good position. It’s quite a clear picture in my mind so far, with my engineers we’ve been working hard and are already thinking about detailed things; we are pretty much done with the general stuff.”
“If we had more running, we would be on the very small details. But I don’t think I’m lacking anything big for now,” concluded Kvyat. (GP247)