Toro Rosso preview the Chinese Grand Prix


Carlos Sainz has said tiredness is no excuse this early in the season, while Shanghai evokes happy memories for Daniil Kvyat.

Carlos Sainz Jr: Back-to-back race weekends don't really affect me in any way. You just approach each race with the same mentality, keeping in mind that you have two consecutive GP weekends. The toughest part is getting used to the time change quickly, but that's not usually a problem for me. You just go for it – this is the first back-to-back of the season so it's still early in the year to feel tired. I have to say that the paddock in China is the biggest one I've ever seen, enormous! Before a session starts, I usually give myself about a minute of time to go from my room to the garage, but here in Shanghai it's a minimum of three minutes because the distances are so big. This means I need to change all my routine and schedule for China.

Daniil Kvyat: It was a very nice feeling to stand on the podium in China last year, I have very good memories of that moment, it was cool! This was the second podium of my career, after achieving my first one in Hungary 2015 – definitely two big highlights. I have to say it's a track I really enjoy driving at – it has very unusual and unique corners like Turns 1 and 2, where you can take many different lines; then it also has long straights where you can have good battles and take advantage of the many overtaking opportunities; and the fans are also very passionate there, which is good. I always receive a lot of support from them, which is nice.