After driving around it in the 2020 AlphaTauri, Daniil Kvyat has said that he thinks Imola deserves a place on the F1 calendar.
Due to multiple race cancellations caused by the global pandemic, various European tracks not originally on the calendar are being considered to come in as replacements.
One of the most talked-about options is a return to Imola, the track that was home to the San Marino Grand Prix from 2001 to 2006.
The sport seems keen to add at least one more race in Italy after Monza, with Mugello another option. Some even support the idea of a tripleheader in the nation featuring all three tracks.
Kvyat drove on the track today as he and AlphaTauri ramped up their preparations with a filming day, and he wants to do so again during the season.
“Being at Imola felt great!” he told the team’s official website.
“I’ve known the track for a while now because I did one of my first tests here for Formula BMW in 2010 and raced in Formula Renault Alps in 2012 and so it was lovely to finally return for a filming day with the team.
“Imola is a track which is really nice to drive with lots of fast corners and I think it deserves to return to the F1 calendar.
It was the first time the Russian had been in an F1 car since testing in February. That’s the longest period he’d have gone without doing so for a while, and he says it feels all the more special for it.
“It was a special feeling being back in the car after such a long break and I really enjoyed it,” he added.
“The long break made driving an F1 car again feel even more exciting than usual.”
Imla isn’t the only track proving popular with drivers, with Sebastian Vettel recently saying that he thinks Mugello deserves to be added to the calendar.