Kvyat aims for complete home showing
21 April 2017 – Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat has targeted a more complete performance at his home Grand Prix in Russia next weekend, after mixed showings over the past three years.
Kvyat claimed his best F1 qualifying result to date at Sochi Autodrom in 2014, when he secured fifth on the grid, but slumped to 14th in the race amid high fuel consumption.
In 2015, having stepped up Red Bull, Kvyat missed out on Q3 and started 11th, before recovering to fifth, while in 2016 he qualified eighth, before clashing with Sebastian Vettel on the first lap.
Ahead of his fourth home event, Kvyat says he is eager to put together a weekend-long performance and "be strong on both Saturday and Sunday".
"This is always a special weekend for me as it's my home race," said Kvyat.
"I've had very good qualifyings there but I've never actually been able to put the perfect race together in Russia, so I'd like to achieve it this year.
"In 2014 I qualified in P5, which was my best qualifying result with Toro Rosso. It was quite a nice moment and I have very good memories from that day.
"The race wasn't great, but then the following year the situation was the opposite, with not the strongest of qualifyings but with a decent race.
"This time I'm looking to be strong on both Saturday and Sunday."
Kvyat's team-mate, Carlos Sainz Jr., is also looking for a smoother weekend after his heavy practice crash in 2015 – which resulted in a trip to hospital – and a radiator blockage last year.
"I always get asked about my 2015 crash when we get to Russia," said Sainz Jr.
"I have to say that what I was most impressed was the support of the fans and the whole paddock.
"I think Russia owes me one, particularly after that 2015 race where we did a massive comeback, starting from the very back and climbing up to P6 before having to retire…
"Last year I was just unlucky to get a piece of wing stuck in my radiator.
"So points are on my list of objectives this time in Russia!"