After enduring a disappointing maiden home Formula 1 race in 2014, Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat hopes that he can make up for it when the paddock returns to Russia next weekend.
Kvyat delighted the home fans in Sochi during last year’s qualifying session, storming to fifth place on the grid in his Toro Rosso.
However, the race proved to be a complete contrast as an issue on his car blighted his hopes of points on home soil, leaving him 14th and a lap down at the checkered flag.
Looking ahead to his home race, Kvyat hopes that he can make up for this disappointment by giving the local fans something to cheer for next weekend.
“Yeah, qualifying was great but the race was just… how can I say this… well, it was crap,” Kvyat said.
“We had problems with fuel consumption during the race and it was just a really disappointing day. I’m hoping we will be able to give the fans there something more to cheer about this year.
Kvyat is bracing himself for a busy weekend of media commitments and appearances as the only Russian driver on the grid, but reckons that the added pressure and attention gives him a boost.
“Sometimes you do get some strong attention but that’s part of the game and what you have to take from it is that the attention comes from the fact that perhaps you have been doing something good, which is a positive,” Kvyat said.
“You have to understand that the fans are coming out to support you and that is something quite special – I’m happy to have the attention, it gives you a bit of a lift.
“It’s my home race and I enjoy it a lot. The atmosphere last year was fantastic, there were so many fans giving me support. It really feels awesome to be there.”