Kvyat: I enjoyed every single moment of driving the track
16 November, 2013
Friday 16 November 2013 will go down as big day for Daniil Kvyat, in a month of big days for the 19 year old Russian, having recently been confirmed as the 2014 replacement for Daniel Ricciardo at Toro Rosso, he then qualified for his F1 Superlicense, and now he has made his official F1 debut as he took to the Circuit of Americas track, replacing Jean-Eric Vergne for FP1.
Naturally, Kvyat was very keen to get going, but he had to be patient, as early morning fog took a long time to clear, causing the session to be delayed, because the Medical Helicopter couldn’t fly. Even more frustrating, the same problem led to the session being red flagged for the same reason, meaning even more time in the garage.
Eventually, FP1 ran on for half an hour past its scheduled end. Kvyat did what he was supposed to do, by not binning the car in the barriers or the gravel! He was quick enough too, just a couple of tenths slower than Daniel Ricciardo.
The Australian completed 19 laps and was sixteenth fastest, while the Russian was seventeenth and did 20 laps. For the rest of the weekend, Jean-Eric Vergne was back behind the wheel – Kvyat will ‘own’ the cockpit next year when his promotion to the team becomes effective.
Kvyat summed up his time in the car, “I enjoyed every single moment of driving the track even though there was a delay because of the fog and then a red flag. We didn’t do the full programme of course because the session was shortened, but we still did 20 laps which is important mileage for me and we also managed to do some aero measurements.”
“Of course I’ve never driven here before and I think the track is very nice. It was good to go out there to try and find the limit of the car and the brakes. I’ve finished driving here but for the rest of the weekend I will be attending all the engineers’ briefings, which again will be a very valuable experience,” added the Russian teenager.
Laurent Mekies, head of vehicle performance at Toro Rosso, said, “It was the first time for Daniil in the car with us and unfortunately for him the session got shortened. But still the track was in a much better condition than in FP1 last year so this allowed him to get reasonable running.”
“At the end of the session he got 2 runs in the car and he did a good job with no mistakes and gave some interesting feedback to the engineers. It was a good first try – so well done to him,” added Mekies. (Toro Rosso-Apex)
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