Daniil Kvyat: “You just drive following your feelings”


Daniil Kvyat finished fourth in Monaco in 2015, and would love a similar result this year - Credit: Dan Istitene/Getty Images

Daniil Kvyat arrives in Monaco for round six of the 2017 Formula 1 season looking to build on his ninth place finish in Spain two weeks ago, and with the Russian now living in Monte Carlo, he feels it is a second home race for him.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver says it is a cool feeling to be able to walk from his apartment to the racetrack and sleep in his own bed during the race weekend, but he knows getting into the right flow around the Armco-lined circuit is most important aspect of the weekend.

“It feels like another home race for me, as I live in Monaco and during the race weekend I get to sleep in my own bed,” said Kvyat. “It’s also not far to walk to the Paddock in the mornings, which is quite cool! It’s an unusual feeling, but it’s something I really like to do.

“The track itself is unique. I really like it and it’s all about your reflexes and reaction time – you just drive following your feelings and you have to find the right flow and rhythm in order to do well at this track.”

Kvyat enjoyed one of his best weekends in Monaco back in 2015 when he finished fourth whilst with Red Bull Racing, but has failed to finish his other two races in the Principality, but wants to rectify that this weekend with another strong performance.

“I do have quite a result’s pattern in Monaco: DNF in 2014, P4 in 2015, DNF in 2016… So this year it looks like it should be a good one!” said Kvyat. “My Qualis have usually been quite decent in Monaco.

“Regarding the races, in 2015 I had a very good one, one of the best races of my career I’d say. This year I definitely want to put a good weekend together and see where we end up – a P4 would be good to continue with my result’s pattern!”