Daniil Kvyat: “Trying to put a lap together there is never easy”


Daniil Kvyat is aiming for points in Canada this weekend - Credit: Mark Thompson/Getty Images

Daniil Kvyat is ready for the return to Canada and to the city of Montreal, aiming for a return to the points after a disappointing result in Monaco after being eliminated by a wayward attempt at an overtake by Sergio Perez with just a handful of laps remaining.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver feels the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve will offer drivers plenty of chances to make an overtake, something that has been seldom seen so far in 2017, and he says getting a perfect lap is tricky, even if it is one of the shortest laps on the calendar.

“I really like Montreal, it’s one of the coolest cities we travel to,” said Kvyat. “There’s a lot of good streets to walk around and do some shopping, many good restaurants and bars… The atmosphere there is just fantastic!

“The track is also quite unique, as it has many chicanes and a few long straights. Trying to put a lap together there is never easy, and you need to build the pace throughout the weekend. It’s a good place to go racing as there are many good opportunities for overtaking.”

Team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr admits the final turn of the lap is a challenge, and he is hoping to avoid a second trip into the fabled Wall of Champions. He also enjoys the fast turns earlier in the lap as drivers run over kerbs and attempt to avoid the concrete walls that line the track.

“My favourite parts of the track are Turns 4 and 5, and also Turns 6 and 7,” said Sainz. “You drive between the walls and it’s normally a section where there are a lot of leaves, which makes it even more of a challenge… You drive very fast through these turns and ride on the kerbs.

“I must also admit that the Wall of Champions is a challenge I always look forward to, even though I’ve crashed there in the past…”