Showing the talent that has secured him a Red Bull seat, Daniil Kyvat is intent on turning his P5 on the Russian grid into a solid points haul.
The Toro Rosso rookie secured the best qualifying position of his fledgling career on Saturday when he finished fifth fastest at the Sochi circuit.
Crossing the line with a 1:39.277, the 20-year-old was only 0.764s adrift of pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton and he did it in front of his home fans.
“Excellent, this is a great feeling,” he told Sky Sports F1.
“As soon as they told me I was P5 I was quite happy, actually very happy.
“We’ll be happy for a while now but in about an hour we will focus on the race.
“This fifth place is a great opportunity for tomorrow.”
The Russian driver, who is off to Red Bull Racing next season to replace the departing Sebastian Vettel, added that he is feeling confident about his prospects in Sunday’s race.
“So far we have been very confident,” he added.
“The race is going to be tricky for everyone but we are only seven-tenths off the pole so everything is so close.
“Anything can happen tomorrow and I’ll give my absolutely best to go forward.”