Daniil Kvyat: “It’s one of F1’s classic tracks”


After a strong drive to fourth in Mexico two weeks ago, Daniil Kvyat arrives at Interlagos for the Brazilian Grand Prix hoping for another strong performance and his first points in the country.

Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Kvyat believes the Interlagos circuit is one of Formula 1’s classic tracks, and is looking forward to seeing the new-for-2015 pit complex that has been completed in time for this year’s event.

“It’s one of F1’s classic tracks and the atmosphere is always great,” said Kvyat. “I think they have done some rebuilding there and I’m looking forward to seeing how the paddock has changed. It was the smallest of the year and kind of difficult for teams to work in and it will be good to see what has been done.

“But whatever they have done I don’t think it will change the atmosphere. It’s always amazing, with the fans so close to the track. They really have a big passion for Formula One and the feeling is always good on the grid there – even though it’s a bit crazy!

“It’s a good circuit and like I said it’s one of the classics. It’s got good changes of elevation, it’s quite a quick, short lap and there are some good overtaking spots. It’s nice to drive; it has a good flow to it with some good high-speed corners, which is what drivers always enjoy.”

Kvyat’s first trip to Brazil in 2013 brings some happy memories to the Russian driver after competing in his second free practice session for Scuderia Toro Rosso, but his second trip in 2014 is not so memorable, missing out on points after a grid penalty.

“It has some great memories for me, because I did my second free practice in F1 there in 2013 with Toro Rosso,” said Kvyat. “It was wet but I really enjoyed it and I finished I think eighth.

“Last year’s race [with Toro Rosso] wasn’t great. I had a grid penalty and started 17th but I managed to finish 11th.“