Daniil Kvyat: “I’m much better prepared”

Daniil Kvyat is looking forward to getting out on track this weekend in Singapore despite feeling it is one of the most physically challenging races on the calendar, but feels better prepared this year than he did twelve months ago.

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver admits to liking the Singapore street track, with the Russian driver eager to improve on his fourteenth place finish there in 2014 while driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso.

“It’s definitely one of the most challenging races of the championship,” said Kvyat. “It’s the longest, one of the hottest, one of the most physically demanding races we face.

“Having said that I do like the track, because although it’s a street circuit, it’s quite a bit quicker than Monaco.”

Kvyat looked back at his race in Singapore twelve months ago, and hopes the drinks bottle issue that affected him that day does not return this year, but feels he is comfortable in humid conditions this season.

“Last year it was extremely tough because my water bottle didn’t work, so it was a very difficult race,” revealed Kvyat. “But this year I think I’m much better prepared from a physical point of view, so it should be fine.

“For example, Malaysia this year felt a lot more comfortable than last year and it’s similar, so I think I will be OK.”

The Russian driver does not have a problem with the nighttime schedule in Singapore, and feels the atmosphere is somewhat different to what drivers usually experience.

“The weekend has its own pace,” added Kvyat. “We obviously try to stay on European time, so you’re up later, but it’s fine, I don’t have a problem with switching on to night racing and the schedule.

“As Grand Prix go, it tends to have more atmosphere than the average… As for the city, it’s difficult to find the time to go out in Singapore. When you arrive you do get to go out a bit, to go to the malls and have a look around, but to be honest it’s not something you get much of an opportunity to do because once the race weekend starts the schedule makes it pretty difficult.”