How would you sum up your Australian GP weekend?
I think the first weekend was challenging, but we learnt many things. Also for me adapting to a new team was crucial. Of course, the race wasnít as I wouldíve liked but it happened this way and now Iím just looking forward to the challenges ahead. Itís good Malaysia is so soon. After Australia, I wanted to leave the weekend behind me as soon as possible and start focusing on Malaysia. We have good potential which we will be looking to use and hope to extract.
What is the best moment for a driver on a lap of the Sepang Circuit?
That you never feel cold! Itís an interesting challenging track, there are some high speed sections, and those high speed sections are the most interesting ones. For me, Malaysia means a lot. I won my first singleseater race ever there about five years ago I think, and last year, another points scoring race for me, my second race and second points so it was very good, good memories, but itís a tough race and challenging race for a driver because itís known for being so hot. This is why we train quite hard and get our arses kicked during the winter season by our trainers! Sepang is one of those races where you see where you are in terms of your physical preparation.
Whatís the best way you deal with the humidity?
You have to be prepared and get acclimatised. There really is no special secret though!
Whatís the best thing to do after getting out of the car to deal with the heat?
Try to cool yourself down and basically drink liquids and refuel the amount you lost during the race. A cold wet towel helps and feels nice.
How are you feeling going into Malaysia?
Iím feeling good coming into Malaysia, I know we have a lot of things to improve on and Iím optimistic that we can achieve some of those in Malaysia, which will give us some more performance. Iím just hanging out waiting to drive now, but itís good.
The season has started now and I think if anyone had any first race jitters theyíre gone and I think Malaysia should run a lot smoother for everyone.
Whatís your favourite overtaking spot at Sepang?
The two basic ones are the two straights that loop back on each other, so the turn 1 straight and then the last corner. Those are the two obvious ones but also into the turn 9 hairpin. Thatís pretty good!
Whatís the best approach to overtake on the straights?
Itís an interesting one because you can pass someone on the first straight, so into the last corner, but obviously they can get you back, so itís one of those ones where if you have an opportunity you go for it, but remembering that they can always get you back with DRS 100m later.
Sepang sees some hefty rainstorms, whatís the best thing about racing in the wet?
I think racing in the wet is a bit of a love/hate relationship. Sometimes you have a really good wet race and all of a sudden youíre the rain master and other times it just doesnít quite work. Generally I think itís a really good challenge, visibility is a lot worse and the car is obviously a lot harder to manage. I think if you master the rain conditions it is a very satisfying feeling.
Whatís the best way to deal with the heat in the car?
I think once youíre in the car itís hard, the work is done before getting in it. Hydration is really, really important and keeps you cooler. The more hydrated you are, the more your body dispatches the heat. And do some heat training before the event to make it feel like itís not as hot, but once youíre in the car, itís like a sauna and you canít get out of it.
Kvyat's car problem - Australian Grand Prix
Paul Monaghan: After investigating post-race, we found that the reason Daniilís gearbox overheated and was unable to select a gear on the way to the grid was due to a lack of oil pressure. As a factory we have been working hard to make sure it doesnít happen again. Last year the progress we made from the third test to the first race was significant and one of our strengths is our development rate. We have the best team in place to repeat our success and we are working as hard as we can to improve as much as possible ahead of Malaysia.