Toro Rosso youngster Daniil Kvyat produced an impressive display during the first free practice session for the United States Grand Prix today as he prepares to make his Formula One debut next March.
Kvyat will race for Toro Rosso alongside Jean-Eric Vergne as a replacement for the Red Bull-bound Daniel Ricciardo, but the Russian driver has been handed two run-outs during practice at the end of this season in order to help him prepare.
Despite the Circuit of the Americas being a new circuit for Kvyat and the session being delayed by fog and a problem with the medical helicopter, he performed admirably to finish just two-tenths down on Ricciardo.
“I enjoyed every single moment of driving the track even though there was a delay because of the fog and then a red flag,” Kvyat said after the session. “We didn’t do the full programme of course because the session was shortened, but we still did twenty laps which is important mileage for me and we also managed to do some aero measurements.”
Kvyat also echoed the thoughts of his colleagues and praised the circuit, which has firmly established itself as being one of the best in Formula One.
“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.”
Kvyat will also take part in the first practice session for the Brazilian Grand Prix next weekend, replacing Daniel Ricciardo.