'Confident' Kvyat looks forward to Sepang

Monday 24-March-2014 11:12

After an impressive performance at the season opener in Australia, Formula One rookie Daniil Kvyat heads to the Malaysian Grand Prix in a confident mood.

The 19-year-old Russian performed well during changing conditions in qualifying at Albert Park to qualify in eighth place, before crossing the line in 10th place during the race the following day.

He was then put forward to ninth place after Daniel Ricciardo was disqualified, and in the process become the youngest-ever points scorer in the history of F1.

Following his performance Down Under, the GP3 Series Champion believes he is capable of performing even better on a circuit he has driven before.

"The second race of the season is also the first track that I have visited before," he confirmed to

"I took my first ever single-seater win here for BMW in 2010 and this is also where I drove my very first single-seater race, so I have plenty of memories of this circuit - but it's going to seem very different this time, because there's a huge step from Formula BMW to F1!

"I am sure I can be more confident this weekend, after experiencing my first race weekend in Melbourne."

His Toro Rosso team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne also has fond memories of Sepang - it is there that he scored his first points in Formula One in 2012.

Despite his previous success there, the Frenchman admitted that the Kuala Lumpur track isn't his favourite.

"I have a happy memory of Sepang as it was here that I scored my first F1 points, but it's not one of my favourite tracks to be honest, as I don't feel it has any particularly challenging characteristics," he explained,

"The best thing about this race is its unpredictable nature because of the weather - you can start on slicks and, within a few laps, you need extreme wets because of a heavy storm! That can be fun for a driver..."

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