Kvyat more confident ahead of Malaysia

By on Monday, March 24, 2014
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Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat says that ninth place on his Formula 1 debut in Australia has given him more confidence for this weekend's Malaysian Grand Prix.

Kvyat took advantage of wet conditions during qualifying to progress through to the top 10 shootout in his first event and remained in the mix for points throughout the race.

The Russian eventually finished in tenth place but was promoted to ninth following Daniel Ricciardo's exclusion. Kvyat believes past experience at the Sepang circuit will help his cause this weekend.

The 19-year-old competed in Formula BMW Pacific in 2010 and claimed his maiden win at the track.

"The second race of the season is also the first track that I have visited before," explained Kvyat. "I took my first ever single-seater win here for BMW in 2010 and this is also where I drove my very first single-seater race, so I have plenty of memories of this circuit – but it's going to seem very different this time, because there's a huge step from Formula BMW to Formula 1.

"I am sure I can be more confident this weekend, after experiencing my first race weekend in Melbourne."

Team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, who was eighth in Australia, conceded that Sepang is not a hugely challenging circuit but reckons the weather could play a part.

"I have a happy memory of Sepang as it was here that I scored my first Formula 1 points, but it's not one of my favourite tracks to be honest, as I don't feel it has any particularly challenging characteristics," said the French racer.

"The best thing about this race is its unpredictable nature because of the weather - you can start on slicks and, within a few laps, you need extreme wets because of a heavy storm. That can be fun for a driver."

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