(Infiniti Red Bull Racing)
Infiniti Red Bull Racing head into the first double header of the 2015 Formula One season following a difficult race weekend in Malaysia last weekend.
Daniil Kvyat finished the race in ninth place just ahead of team mate Daniel Ricciardo. As a result of the Malaysian Grand Prix the former world champions find themselves behind their sister team, Scuderia Toro Rosso in the Constructors champion. Taking part in a Q and with the team ahead of the race double Kvyat was asked:
What’s the most challenging part of the Shanghai International circuit to get consistently right?
The start of the lap is always really tough and it’s very easy to get wrong. The lap starts with a big test but the big thing is to find a good rhythm through it. That’s the case everywhere there really. The long straight is good and the heavy braking zone at the end of that is interesting. It’s a pretty good circuit, wide open, you can really push hard all the way through. I had a good race there last year and managed to get a points finish, so I’m happy to go back.
What’s the most difficult thing about the race weekend off-track?
The paddock! It’s huge and really hard to find anything. It looks completely unreal. The best thing about it is that you can hide, walk around on your own in there and not be bothered by anyone!
What about away from the track completely, did you have a look around Shanghai last year?
We stayed close to the track last year, so it’s not easy to get a good look around the centre of Shanghai. But we did get a chance to do a bit of sightseeing last year, it’s an impressive city. It’s a really interesting place, but absolutely huge, you drive through all these towns on the way in to the centre that are part of the city and they’re huge.
Kvyat was than asked about the Bahrain Grand Prix at the Sakhir circuit:
On to the Sakhir circuit, the first night race of the season, is that something you enjoy?
It makes a difference. The temperature is a lot easier on you as a driver, the tarmac is not so hot. The lighting is very good, there’s no real issue with driving under lights. The track itself is what I would call a kind of ‘classic’ configuration. It’s got some flowing sections, some interesting corners. I enjoy it. It’s a good racing track. The facilities are great and it’s a good paddock.
Is the circuit layout one that you like?
I had quite an unlucky race there last year but that doesn’t make it a bad track for me. I think if you’re fast and you’re winning then any track is a good one! If you hit the right lines, if you hit on the right set-up and the right approach to the weekend, you’re going to enjoy yourself.
We stay in a nice hotel in Bahrain, it’s right by the beach and the atmosphere there is really nice. I haven’t really been to Manama as it’s pretty much just hotel and track!
© Ben Johnston 2015