Kvyat: My kind of track

Wednesday 18-June-2014 06:20

With Austria last featuring on the F1 calendar a decade ago, Daniil Kvyat is one of a few youngsters with experience of the Red Bull Ring.

Previously known as the A1-Ring, the track in Spielberg last hosted a F1 race back in 2003.

Jenson Button, Fernando Alonso and Kimi Raikkonen are the only drivers still in the sport who contested that grand prix, which was won by Michael Schumacher.

However, several of the younger drivers on this year's grid have had a taste of the renamed and revamped Red Bull Ring, having contested races in younger series.

One such driver is Kvyat, whose past results at the track speak of his love of it.

"This is one of my favourite circuits," said the Toro Rosso driver. "I raced here in Formula Renault Alps and had two wins there in 2012. I had a great weekend and really loved the track.

"Last year I went back to the Red Bull Ring with Formula 3 this time and again I had great memories taking three poles out of three, followed by three second places in the races.

"It's my kind of track, with heavy braking points and it is quite a technical track. It has some fast and medium speed corners which I really enjoy."

But while the driver knows he can do well at the track, F1's 10-year hiatus means the teams won't really know until Friday's practices.

"Hopefully the STR9 will go well there," he added.

"It's going to be a big weekend for the Red Bull family, but I will be concentrating on the usual jobs of getting everything sorted and finding the right set-up from first free practice, having the right approach and seeing how it goes.

"You need to find a good balance there as there are some reasonably long straights. But it's mainly about high speed corners which is where you find most of the lap time."

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