Kvyat ready for Azerbaijan ‘adrenaline rush’

Jamie Woodhouse


Daniil Kvyat is ready to leave behind his Shanghai disappointment and chase the Azerbaijan GP “adrenaline rush”.

The Russian collided with both McLaren’s on the opening lap of the Chinese Grand Prix, leading to a drive-through penalty for Kvyat, a penalty which he and later the stewards themselves condemned.

Now, the Toro Rosso man will look to put that incident behind him and prepare to tackle the Baku City Circuit.

“My opinion on the penalty decision relating to the first lap incident hasn’t changed, but the debate is over and we must move forward and look to Baku now,” he said via Fi.com.

“Thinking about what happened or discussing it further will not bring my race back.

“On the positive side, in Shanghai, qualifying was very satisfying and my pace in the race was very promising.

“We just have to keep working hard, not get disheartened, not give up and the results will come.”

Kvyat has retired from his last two Azerbaijan GP’s, but that won’t stop him attacking the circuit this year.

“Baku is a very nice track, because it presents many challenges, with a bit of everything and overall it is fun to drive there,” he said.

“It’s a long track, with a very long straight and a lot of corners, which all makes for exciting racing and should present a good opportunity for us.

“The fun comes partly from all those walls that are very close to the track, which give you a real adrenaline rush.

“It’s a track with many overtaking opportunities and the long straight means you can fight other cars.

“It’s an interesting track as it is very demanding and you have to run slightly less downforce than you would do normally at a street circuit.

“Braking is also challenging so you have to be on top of that, especially approaching Turn 1 at very high speed at the end of the very long straight.

“You need to be precise with the braking points there. I will give it my all!”

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