Daniil Kvyat: “I like that Bahrain is a night race”


Daniil Kvyat is looking forward to the Bahrain Grand Prix after a disappointing start to the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship in the season-opener in Melbourne.

During the formation lap of the Australian Grand Prix, the Red Bull Racing driver stopped on the approach to the grid, leading to the Russian not starting the Grand Prix. This was the second consecutive season where Kvyat did not start in Australia after his Red Bull grounded to a halt in the 2015 race as well on the reconnaissance lap.

Last year, Kvyat had a few problems in Bahrain but he is hoping the team can find some improvements with the car to turn Bahrain International Circuit into a competitive track.

“I like the weather in Bahrain and the track is good,” said Kvyat. “It might look like a simple, modern track but actually it’s very challenging to put a strong lap together. I like that Bahrain is a night race, it gives it some passion! And night racing feels like you are going into space!

“The races in Bahrain are good, there is a long main straight and good overtaking opportunity after Turn 1. Then there is the tow again to Turn 4, so there are good opportunities to race. This is where most of the racing happens in Turn 1, Turn 2, and Turn 4 and maybe Turn 8 as well sometimes.

“To me, this track has been OK, last year there were a few issues, but in the race it was fine. I had an OK race there when I was at STR as well. There is a long straight which was our weakness last year but this year we are looking to find some improvements so it could turn out to be quite a competitive track for us. If we can grab a few good points for both cars, that would be great.”