Daniil Kvyat is ready to get back out on track and resume what has been a testing 2016 campaign.
The Russian headed into the summer break on the back of another mixed showing in Germany in which he finished 15th after failing to make it out of Q1.
Kvyat cut a desolate figure after his qualifying failure, and admitted that he feared his F1 career might ‘die’ due to his struggles to find his way at Toro Rosso following his early-season demotion from Red Bull.
However, speaking ahead of this week’s Belgian Grand Prix, the 22-year-old was in a positive frame of mind ahead of trip to one of his favourite circuits.
“When I think of Spa-Francorchamps, the first thing that comes to my mind is Eau Rouge,” said Kvyat. “It’s a corner I really enjoy and where you need to be brave and go for it!
“The straight after that is quite long and a good spot to try and overtake your rivals. You then arrive to Turns 5 and 6, a fast chicane, and you then need to prepare the exit out of Turn 7 well. Turns 12 and 13 form another fast chicane, and the exit out of Turn 14 is important as you then drive flat out until the end of the lap.
“This is a very special track which I really enjoy; it’s high-speed, full of elevation changes and with many fast-flowing corners which make it very exciting for the driver. The second sector in particular is the part I enjoy the most, as it includes a lot of cool corners. I can’t wait to race there again!”
Speaking earlier this month, Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost backed Kvyat to bounce back and earn a spot at the team for 2017.
“I personally hope he will race with us because I am convinced that sooner or later he will show his real performance and he will come back with his speed,” Tost told Autosport.
“I can understand it [the lack of confidence] because it was a big rotation coming from Red Bull back to Toro Rosso.
“But on the other side Red Bull – which is the only company in the world which has two Formula 1 teams – gave him the possibility to stay in Formula 1 and continue racing, and he should see this from the positive side.”