This year Baku race is the third for the Russian driver from Toro Rosso Daniil Kvyat. It’s hard to say that Azerbaijan Grand Prix was always a success stage for Daniil: in seasons 2016 and 2017 he had nothing but DNFs in the races. Also he missed Baku race in 2018 due to loss the place in Toro Rosso. So, despite Daniil has Baku experience, this time it’s like a first race for him there.
The Baku city circuit is one of the trickiest tracks in the championship and that’s why it’s very interesting for drivers. Daniil emphasized some key characteristics of Baku circuit which make it special.
"This is very interesting track. It’s practically impossible to choose the ideal set ups for the car. The car is constantly sliding, low downforce, the walls are very close, so that’s why it’s a lot of fun here for drivers”.
The results of Baku race are always unpredictable: Sergio Perez came to the podium two times, Lance Stroll managed to take P3 with Williams in 2017. However, Kvyat said that the team didn’t believe in this "stereotype" about Baku podium.
"I didn’t think about things like this. We need to focus on our work and try to do our best in qualifying and race. If we make everything right, we will have a chance to fight for the good position in the race”.
One of the main topics for this weekend is updates. Many teams have prepared big updates for Baku, including Honda. Both client teams – Red Bull and Toro Rosso – of Japanese supplier will receive new engines since Friday. As for first engine Daniil said that it’s been sent for checkup, so the team will know soon about it.
And as for latest rumors about returning Kvyat to Red Bull to replace Gasly, Russian said he doesn’t know about these conversations and just focuses on his job.
"I guess I didn’t hear something like this. Pierre and I do our own work. I don’t want to discuss and estimate other drivers’ job, and I don’t want to talk if Pierre has any problems. I feel good with my team. I’m a driver and I just try to do my job as good as possible”.