Daniil Kvyat: “My first impressions of the STR12 are positive”


Daniil Kvyat was sixth quickest on Tuesday - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Daniil Kvyat took over the reigns of the new-look Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 on day two of the pre-season test at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, and felt it was a positive first day in the car.

The Russian completed 68 laps of the Spanish track on Tuesday, and despite a small delay as the team did precautionary checks on the car, it was a relatively trouble-free day, and he ended up sixth fastest with a best time of 1:22.956.

Kvyat has positive impressions about the STR12, and is ready to learn more about the car throughout the remaining test days in Catalunya.

“It was a decent first day in the car for me and we were able to complete a good number of laps, which is always the main objective with a new car,” said Kvyat.

“We lost a bit of track time after lunch, but this always happens in testing – it’s normal to carry out precaution checks in order to double-check everything before going out.

“My first impressions of the STR12 are positive – it’s fast but we obviously need to keep working hard to improve this package. There’s still a lot to discover and that’s what we will keep on doing during the test.”