Kvyat hopes for a better homecoming

Daniil Kvyat
Daniil Kvyat

Daniil Kvyat is expecting a busy weekend both on and off the track as he aims for better things at this year’s Russian Grand Prix.

The home crowd favourite will be the focus of media attention as the only Russian driver on the grid for the second running of the race this year.

Last time out, Kvyat put in a stunning performance in qualifying, taking his Toro Rosso to fifth on the grid.

But a terrible start forced him down the order, and a fuel consumption problem compromised his race throughout.

“It was just a really disappointing day,” said the Red Bull Racing man.

“I’m hoping we will be able to give the fans there something more to cheer about this year.

“I have talked about it a lot but it’s the same for any driver, the home race is always the busiest!

“Having said that, it’s my home race and I enjoy it a lot.

“The atmosphere last year was fantastic, there were so many fans giving me support.

“It really feels awesome to be there.”

Kvyat goes into his home race eighth in the driver’s standings, seven pints behind team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.

First practice for the Russian Grand Prix starts at 8am (BST) on Friday morning.