Daniil Kvyat: “It’s always interesting to go somewhere new”


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Daniil Kvyat believes the return of the European Grand Prix will be an interesting challenge this weekend, with the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver looking to improve on his finish during the Canadian Grand Prix where he finished in twelfth behind the McLaren-Honda of Fernando Alonso.

This will be the first time the Russian has raced at the Baku City Circuit along with the other twenty-one drivers on the grid. For the 2016 season, the European Grand Prix is returning, with Azerbaijan playing host to the Grand Prix.

“It’s always interesting to go somewhere new,” said Kvyat. “As it’s a street circuit it will require plenty of work on the pedals and with the steering wheel and that’s always exciting.

“You are looking for new “tricks” in your driving style on a street circuit, because this type of track means the driver has more freedom in terms of how he approaches the corners, experimenting with different lines.

“I’ve driven the track on the simulator, which can give you a rough idea of what to expect and it helps the engineers come up with a baseline set-up, but there is no substitute for driving it for real. We drive through the city’s historic centre, which looks like being a very tight section, where we will need to be very precise.

“This track reminds me a bit of the Valencia street circuit. It will definitely be an interesting challenge that I’m ready for! I expect there will be a lot of Russian fans making the trip to Baku and I will have plenty of support from the crowd. It’s going to be cool.”