Kvyat: Everyone starts from zero in 2014
28 January 2014 – Daniil Kvyat has echoed the thoughts of fellow rookie Kevin Magnussen by suggesting that this year's technical regulation overhaul should ease his arrival to Formula 1, with all drivers "starting from zero".
The 19-year-old Russian, who stormed to the GP3 crown last season, will begin official on-track preparations for his debut season at Jerez on Wednesday, when he gets behind the wheel of Toro Rosso's new STR9 chassis.
Looking at the task ahead, he explained: "I am very excited that I am about to start my first season. It will be a year of discovering many new things, which I expect will be very interesting. I can't wait to start the driving part, the best part of my job.
"Six days of winter testing is not a lot and I will have to see how quickly I get used to the new car, which wasn't a big issue when I drove the 2013 car.
"Being a rookie means there's a steep learning curve, but the bright side of the rule changes is that all drivers will be getting used to a new way of driving, starting from zero. Anyway, I have always liked a big challenge."
He added: "I feel ready after a good winter training programme, concentrating a bit on my neck muscles. The team hasn't set me any specific targets, so its just a case of getting on top of my game as quickly as possible."
Jean-Éric Vergne is behind the wheel of the STR9 for the opening day of action in southern Spain.