Daniil Kvyat is looking forward to what could be one of the last Silverstone Formula 1 races, with the Scuderia Toro Rosso driver saying he’s a fan of Silverstone’s “absolutely unique” corners.
Aside from enjoying Silverstone’s curves, the Toro Rosso driver will also be looking to put the drama of Austria’s race behind him; Kvyat locked up into the first corner of the first lap and made contact with Fernando Alonso, skittling the Spaniard into the Red Bull of Max Verstappen. Both Alonso and Verstappen retired almost immediately, whilst Kvyat went on to finish in last position. He was also handed a drive-through penalty and two points on his licence.
Of the incident, Kvyat said: “It’s upsetting for me and for the others for sure, but these things happen to all drivers. Now I just need a cold shower before Silverstone, have a look into it, correct what needs to be corrected and move on.”
“I like Silverstone because there are very fast, legendary corners which make this track absolutely unique – it’s a track with a lot of history… It’s so cool!”
Unfortunately for both drivers and fans alike, Formula 1 races at Silverstone could soon become history, thanks to the decision this week from BRDC to activate a break in their hosting of the race. This could mean that this weekend’s race would be the third from last, with 2019’s race being the final Silverstone Grand Prix on the calendar.
The history and tenure of the track aren’t lost on Kvyat, and he’s looking to get a good result from a track he’s typically done well at: “The UK has an enormous passion for motorsport because the history starts there. There are always plenty of fans during the race weekend, probably also because there are many English teams and most of them are based close to Silverstone.
“Every time I’ve raced in Silverstone I’ve ended up in the points and done some very good races there. I have to say I really like the track but this doesn’t guarantee you points: every year it all starts from zero but hopefully I can carry on with the positive tendency also this year…we would really need it!”