Daniil Kvyat is looking forward to a race weekend where he isn’t under as much scrutiny, as Formula 1 arrives in Barcelona, Scuderia Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz’s home Grand Prix.
The race in Spain follows that in Russia, which itself was Kvyat’s local race. Home grand prixs are busy events for drivers, and consist of multiple events where there is almost no interest for the other half of their garages.
“Racing in your team-mate’s country definitely means less attention on yourself, which can sometimes be quite okay as it lets you focus more on the driving,” he said. “This is because, usually, most of the events are done by your teammate when it’s his home country…
“It becomes his duty and we swap – I’ve done just that in Russia a couple of weeks ago!”
Barcelona is a track that all drivers are well versed in as it is the site of pre-season testing. That doesn’t make it an easy weekend, though, and they must still put what they know into practice.
It is also a track of multiple personalities, which Kvyat finds intriguing. But overall he is looking forward to the race, especially at the opportunity of improving on his best finish of tenth.
“We do a lot of testing in Barcelona, which means it’s a track we all know very well – it has many different kind of corners, high and low speed, and every section has a different character, which is interesting,” he continued. “I’d say there are really no surprises for us here!
“My favorite corners are Turns 3 and 9, they’re cool! Generally speaking, Spain is a nice circuit for me. Having collected plenty of data at the test, we will now need to get everything absolutely perfect in order to be in good shape this weekend.
“I’ve finished tenth in Spain for the last two years, but I hope it’s higher than that this year!”
Spain is well-known for its cuisine. But as drivers are restricted in terms of what they can eat, Kvyat has learned that if he is to enjoy the local dishes, then he has to do so incognito.
“During a race weekend we can’t really go mad when it comes to food, as we follow a strict diet, but I have to say that I really enjoy Spanish food and I always try to sneak in a few tapas, especially some jamon, at some point during the weekend…” he added.