Daniil Kvyat: “It’s an interesting track”


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Daniil Kvyat is excited to be returning to the Hockenheimring for the German Grand Prix this weekend.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in sixteenth behind the Renault Sport F1 of Kevin Magnussen. Kvyat had a poor weekend in Hungary after experiencing problems after problems on his STR11. He experienced a problem at the start of the race that saw him lose a number of positions. He was unable from here to recover his pace.

In 2014, the Russian qualified in eighth for the Grand Prix but had to retire on lap 45 after his STR9 caught fire. Even with this disappointment, Kvyat is looking forward to returning to the Hockenheim circuit. After it was dropped from the 2015 F1 season after the Nurburgring and the Hockenheimring failed to complete an agreement with Bernie Ecclestone.

“The last time I raced here in 2014,” said Kvyat. “I qualified 8th which wasn’t bad, but unfortunately I had to retire.

“It’s an interesting track, starting with Turn 1 which is a very high-speed corner and can be quite tricky on the opening lap. The exit of Turn 3 is where you need really good traction, especially in the race and after Turn 4 you drive down the long curved straight – time for a beer and a sausage… it’s so long! The hairpin at Turn 6 is a good place to try and overtake, but you have to keep an eye in your mirrors as it’s also a good place to be overtaken!

“Another nice part of this circuit is Turn 12 – the stadium section, where you need to be brave to get it right. There’s usually a great atmosphere here with a very noisy crowd. Turn 13 has positive camber and it’s good to carry a lot of speed here while, in contrast, Turn 16 has negative camber. If I have to choose the corner I enjoy the most, that’s Turn 12.”