Scuderia Toro Rosso head to Kuala Lumpur full of confidence ahead of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Both Jean-Eric Vergne and Daniil Kvyat feel strong going in to the second round of the season, with Vergne recalling his first ever F1 points coming at the Malaysian Grand Prix, despite not being a fan of the circuit.
“It’s not one of my favourite tracks to be honest, as I don’t feel it has any particularly challenging characteristics,” explained Vergne. “The best thing about this race is its unpredictable nature, because of the weather: you can start on slicks and within a few laps, you need extreme wets because of a heavy storm and that can be fun for a driver.”
Meanwhile, Kvyat goes in to the Malaysian Grand Prix with prior knowledge of the Sepang circuit, a luxury he didn’t have in Melbourne.
“The second race of the season is also the first track that I have visited before,” added Kvyat. “I took my first ever single-seater win here for BMW in 2010 and actually this is also where I drove my very first single-seater race, so I have plenty of memories of this circuit. It’s going to seem very different this time, because there’s a huge step from Formula BMW to Formula One.
“The track itself is quite interesting, while the heat and humidity make it unique in that respect. I am sure I can be more confident this weekend, after experiencing my first race weekend in Melbourne combined with the fact I know the track. I like Malaysia and did some touristy things when I was there, like going up the Petronas towers and going to some beach resorts.”