Daniil Kvyat is confident he can emulate Daniel Ricciardo’s 2014 achievements, as he moves up to the senior Red Bull squad this season.
Kvyat impressed in his debut season with Toro Rosso, becoming the youngest point scorer in the sport’s history, and will replace Ferrari-bound Sebastian Vettel at Red Bull this year.
The Russian youngster will partner Daniel Ricciardo, who won three times in his first year with Red Bull, and Kvyat believes he has what it takes to match the Australian’s excellent 2014 form.
“That is what you should always aim for because we are competing on the highest level possible and there cannot be any other choice,” Kvyat said, when asked if he could match Ricciardo’s form of last year.
“You just have to keep working hard, put it all together and hopefully it brings some good things in the future.
“Last year when they [Toro Rosso] signed me to F1 there were a lot of stupid talks going on and I really wanted to show good pace straight away and I think I managed that.
“So now I can focus on the right things at Red Bull and that helps a lot as last year went good and now I am just focused on bringing the best result possible.”
Despite the expectation of replacing four-time champion Vettel at the team, Kvyat says he will not change his approach, which served him well in his debut season with Toro Rosso.
“Every driver in F1 is different,” he explained. “I will keep doing what I have been doing in the past, there will be a few tweaks as you have to get used to the team and adapt yourself to it.
The 20-year-old has quickly established himself as Russia’s highest profile motorsport talent, but denies that he feels any pressure to become the first Russian to win in Formula 1.
“It isn’t something that puts pressure on my mind but instead it pushes me forward, using this energy by transforming it from hard to positive would be great,” he added.
“Since F1 came to Russia the interest has been going up and up and, of course, I hope I can be the first successful Russian driver.”
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