Daniil Kvyat: “The Red Bull Ring is a nice and very classic track”


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Daniil Kvyat is looking forward to the Austrian Grand Prix this weekend for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

The Russian had a disappointing European Grand Prix after his Grand Prix ended early on due to a rear suspension issue on his STR11. He started from sixth on the grid but was unable to hold his position, with Kvyat switching from the Supersoft to the Soft Pirelli compound but then returned to the pits and retired.

Putting this retirement behind him, Kvyat believes their second home Grand Prix in Spielberg is pretty cool.

“The Red Bull Ring is a nice and very classic track,” said Kvyat. “It’s a high-speed dominant circuit, even though the first couple of corners are a bit slow.

“Definitely Turn 2, which is the slowest corner of the circuit – but still require a lot of technique. The high-speed corners are also very interesting. Turn 5 for example is a very fast downhill corner, it drops a lot, so you need to really feel the car and how much the downforce is changing while you’re driving down that section.

“I’d call Turns 6 and 8 “brave corners”, as it’s all about how much speed you can carry through there and it definitely tests the driver’s confidence! Another thing that comes to mind about Turn 8 is that it’s quite bumpy and tricky to get right because it’s difficult to tell where the car limit is there.

“The last corner also has quite a big drop in altitude, which is great. I think this track is pretty cool; it’s one of those layouts that you’d like to see more often on the calendar.”