Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is hopeful of a strong result this weekend, as we head to Round 11 of the 2016 Formula One World Championship, in Hungary.
In 2015, the Russian scored his first ever podium in F1, finishing in second place for Red Bull Racing and replicating that result will be the main aim for the 22-year-old on Sunday.
Last time Kvyat was at the Hungaroring with Toro Rosso back in 2014 however, it was a more troublesome outing, but team-mate at the time, Jean-Eric Vergne, did finish in the top ten on that occasion. Last year former STR driver, Max Verstappen, also secured fourth place for the Faenza based squad, and both results are hopefully a good omen for the sort of performance the Russian can expect this time around.
“The last time I raced here in 2014, I qualified 8th which wasn’t bad, but unfortunately I had to retire from the race with an ignition problem.
“It’s an interesting track, starting with Turn 1 which is a very high-speed corner and can be quite tricky on the opening lap. The exit of Turn 3 is where you need really good traction, especially in the race and after Turn 4 you drive down the long curved straight – time for a beer and a sausage… it’s so long!
“The hairpin at Turn 6 is a good place to try and overtake, but you have to keep an eye in your mirrors as it’s also a good place to be overtaken!
“Another nice part of this circuit is Turn 12 – the stadium section, where you need to be brave to get it right. There’s usually a great atmosphere here with a very noisy crowd.
“Turn 13 has positive camber and it’s good to carry a lot of speed here while, in contrast, Turn 16 has negative camber. If I have to choose the corner I enjoy the most, that’s Turn 12.”