Kvyat keen to avoid distractions at Red Bull’s home race

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Daniil Kvyat is keen to avoid letting the pressure of Red Bull’s home grand prix in Austria get to him as the team looks to bounce back from a disappointing display in Canada last weekend.

Kvyat was Red Bull’s sole points scorer in Montreal, finishing ninth to score two points as teammate and 2014 winner Daniel Ricciardo limped home in 13th place.

Red Bull has struggled to match the pace of Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams so far this season, and now heads to the Austrian Grand Prix with little hope of a podium finish at its home event.

However, Kvyat is not concerned about the additional media attention that Red Bull will face, and is keen to get on with the job at hand.

“It should be okay,” the Russian said. “I was at Toro Rosso last year so we didn’t have too much pressure from a media point of view, certainly not as much as the Red Bull Racing guys, so it was pretty easy from my point of view.

“But it’s a good atmosphere and the team’s home race is obviously important. However, I don’t think you can let it distract you. It’s just racing in the end and I’ll try to enjoy the weekend as much as possible.”

Kvyat retired from last year’s race, but has otherwise enjoyed a good racing record at the Red Bull Ring and is relishing the opportunity to return.

“I really enjoy the track, it’s a really good circuit,” Kvyat said. “I already knew the track well as I had raced there before in junior series, so I was really looking forward to going back [in 2014].

“I raced there in Formula Renault and also in Formula 3. It’s great fun to drive. Actually, I think one of the best circuits on the calendar. It’s fast, it flows well, the lap is pretty busy. It’s a good circuit and I have good memories of it.”