Date: 9th October 2014 at 8:27am
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Daniil Kvyat is looking forward to racing in his first ever home Grand Prix.

The 20-year-old Russian is certain to have the backing of the crowd when Formula One hits the track for the first time in Sochi.

With the Toro Rosso driver set to leave Red Bull Racing’s sister team for the main team in 2015, Kvyat could well be seen as the home town hero this weekend. With expectation levels rising for the future.

But unlike the other drivers on the Formula One grid, who enjoy an advantage at their home races due to years of experience of the track, Kvyat’s only experience of the Sochi track is via the simulators just like all the other drivers.

‘Time for my home race and the first ever Formula One Grand Prix in my home country. I am sure there will be a lot of attention on me, but I am ready for it and will enjoy it in a way, so really I will just do my usual job: the best I can.’ Daniil Kvyat told

‘I don’t get to go back to Russia very often, so I’m very excited to finally race in my home country in front of the Russian fans. I’m sure it’s going to be a very big and exciting event.

‘As for the Sochi track itself, from what I’ve seen on the simulator, I’d say it’s a medium and slow speed corner venue, rather stop-and-go and with twisty sections. I would say it’s a bit of a half street circuit, which makes it quite challenging. There are some power sections but not many, so it should suit our car quite well.’