Daniil Kvyat is ready for his home race at the Sochi Autodrom this weekend, and believes the support he will get from the Russian fans will give him a bit of a lift.
The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver has described the Sochi circuit as a technical circuit that requires some time to work out the ‘best way round it’, although he is hoping for a better race result this year after finishing outside the points while driving for Scuderia Toro Rosso in 2014 despite qualifying an excellent fifth.
“I would describe it as a classic modern-style track,” said Kvyat, who currently sits eighth in the championship. “But what’s really important is that there is quite a lot of room for overtaking, which usually makes for good racing.
“It does have some quite interesting, quite unusual sections. There are some challenging braking areas, in Turn 13 for example. Also Turn 4 is quite tough. I would characterise it as a very technical circuit.
“It probably doesn’t really have a standout, balls-out corner, it really does make you think a lot and it takes some time to work out the best way round it. Having said that, it’s my home race and I enjoy it a lot.
“The atmosphere last year was fantastic, there were so many fans giving me support. It really feels awesome to be there.
“Sometimes you do get some strong attention but that’s part of the game and what you have to take from it is that the attention comes from the fact that perhaps you have been doing something good, which is a positive.
“You have to understand that the fans are coming out to support you and that is something quite special – I’m happy to have the attention, it gives you a bit of a lift.”