Kvyat predicts ‘fewer surprises’ in Bahrain

Michelle Foster
Daniil Kvyat Red Bull programme

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After a tricky weekend in Turkey, Daniil Kvyat expects Formula 1 will return to “normal” when the circus races in Bahrain this weekend.

Formula 1 is entering the final stretch, a run of three consecutive race weekends starting with this weekend’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

Taking place on the standard 5.4km grand prix track, Kvyat is hoping to break his duck when it comes to the Sakhir circuit and his time with AlphaTauri.

Although he scored twice in Bahrain while racing for Red Bull, his days with the junior team have not been as fruitful.

He is, however, hoping that a “normal” weekend will yield a good points haul.

“After what was a very difficult weekend for everyone in Turkey with those very unusual track conditions, it will be good to get back to something more normal in Bahrain,” he said.

“There should be fewer surprises this weekend, at least in terms of the weather. But even with the strange circumstances, we learned some useful lessons in Istanbul.

“This will be my seventh year racing in Bahrain. It’s an interesting track, with plenty of different corner types and some good overtaking opportunities.

“As usual, the key will be to get our car in the right working window as soon as possible on Friday and then we’ll see how things go from there.

“It will be nice to end the season in this part of the world, we’ll have one big push over these last three races.”

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However, after the “normal” weekend, Formula 1 will step into the unknown for the second Bahrain race.

Taking place on the outer 3.5km track, the race will be run over 87 laps.

Kvyat continued: “I’ve not had an opportunity to use the simulator to assess the new circuit which we will use for the second Bahrain race, so it means we will have to improvise a bit and see what we can squeeze out of the car.

“It will be a case of learning quickly. One obvious difference is that the second race is a full night race, whereas the first one starts in daylight, so that impacts things like tyre temperatures during the race.

“It will be strange to see the pit board counting down from 87 – that’s a lot of laps!

“It’s not completely different, as I believe it uses the first three turns of the track we know and then rejoins it again towards the end.

“From what I’ve seen, the new layout has hardly any real corners so it will be a very high-speed challenge, something different which is always nice.”

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