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Kvyat ready for F1 challenge

Monday 23rd December 2013

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Kvyat ready for F1 challenge

Kvyat ready for F1 challenge

Rookie Daniil Kvyat is hoping the major regulation changes in 2014 will help to make his introduction into F1 a smooth one.

With Formula One moving away from the 1.8l engines and using the 1.6l turbo power units as well as the electronic recovery systems next year, it is expected that everyone will start the 2014 campaign on level footing.

Although he knows it will be no easy ride, Toro Rosso youngster Kvyat believes the new rules will help him at the start of the season.

"There are a few things that are starting from the beginning again, but of course Formula 1 is still Formula 1 and it is still a very powerful and fast car," he told Sky Sports News.

"So I would say it is a bit helpful from one side, but a Formula 1 car is still a Formula 1 car and it will never change.

"There are a lot of new regulations next year, but you have to learn as quickly as possible and I don't think it is going to be a big problem. We just need to find a solution better than the others and hopefully we will be there. It is all about that."

The 19-year-old had a taste of the action at the backend of the 2013 campaign as he was handed Practice One driving duties in the United States and Brazil.

"It was good to finish only two tenths off Daniel [Ricciardo] as he is a really experienced guy with a lot of speed in himself and it is good news and nice to know that I could end up quite close to him and from the data I was able to learn many things," he added.

"Then in Brazil we had a really good run and it was very encouraging - I didn't do too many laps but still ended up P8, so it is looking really promising so far."

The Russian is no doubt excited about his impending debut, but he knows it won't be easy.

"I wouldn't say I am counting down the days - that would be the wrong approach, you cannot do that," he concluded.

"You have to take every race as one race, you cannot just be thinking about one race. I see this as a long thing, it is a great challenge and I am really looking forward to it."

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