Looking ahead to next weekend’s Monaco Grand Prix, Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat has spoken about the importance of confidence when it comes to tackling the prestigious street circuit.
Formula 1 heads to Monaco next weekend for its annual glamor event as a number of celebrities convene on the principality for the race, but the drivers will be hoping to not fall foul of the beckoning walls that punish any mistakes.
Kvyat feels well prepared for the challenge of Monaco, though, believing that confidence is key to being successful there.
“It’s a real ‘confidence’ circuit,” Kvyat said. “You need to be in tune with it. You need to find yourself, find the flow, you need to find the right approach mentally and with the car and then you just have to make it happen.
“In the beginning it’s a big test. To go out and find that confidence is not easy and you always question yourself, asking ‘when is it going to happen, when am I going to feel it enough to really go for it’.
“But at some point in the weekend it just happens, you find the rhythm and the lap time comes. When it works like that, when you get yourself in the right place and you find a good understanding with the track, it’s great.”
The off-track festivities of the race weekend could act as a distraction to the drivers, but Kvyat is not fussed by anything besides his on-track commitments.
“In terms of the atmosphere and so on, I’ll be perfectly honest and say that, for me, it’s not the best,” the Russian said. “It’s really confined and there’s not much chance to get some space for yourself. It is totally unique and it is an amazing place but for me the trick is to try to remove myself from that and focus on what we’re there to do.”
Kvyat heads to Monaco still searching for a breakthrough result in 2015, having only finished as high as ninth so far this season. Although Red Bull has been struggling with the reliability of the RB11, the team does appear to have made some progress in recent weeks, meaning a better result could be on the cards for the Russian youngster.