“It was a good and eventful race for us,” he said when asked for a look back to Melbourne. “Everything was new for me so there was a lot to learn, in qualifying and in the race. In the end P10 was a good result, but I’m aiming for more. After the way testing went, we didn’t expect to do this well. We had a very clean weekend from the reliability side in Melbourne, down to a very good job from the team.”

As for this weekend, Kvyat is on more familiar territory, after making his first ever visit to Albert Park. “I was here four years ago in Formula BMW so I have happy memories of Malaysia, but in F1 it will be very different,” he revealed. “I hope the car will be competitive and it should be, because we are making progress every time we go out on track. I think we have a good chance to be in the points again if we take the most out of any situation. This will be a different challenge, with a faster flowing track, but Albert Park was already a big challenge for a rookie with the walls so near the side of the track!” And what about the heat this weekend? “I’ve been training for this so I don’t expect to have big problems.”

 

The topic of the new cars and the spectacle they offer has been much discussed since Melbourne and Daniil was asked for his view. “It’s quite popular to criticise Formula 1 nowadays, but this is a sport where there is always some new technology coming,” he said. “It so happens that I am making my debut in the new Formula 1 and I have to say it’s quite interesting. The sport has to change at some point. It’s still fast and it’s going to get faster all the time, so let’s see what it’s like at the end of the year.”