Red Bull’s junior team Toro Rosso will be running at the opening test in Jerez later this month, according to rookie driver Daniil Kvyat.
The 19-year-old Russian is preparing to make the jump up from GP3 to F1, as he fills the seat left by now Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo, and talking to the Championat publication in his home country Kvyat revealed his schedule between now and Jerez.
“I have already done the seat fitting for the new car in late December,” said the teenager to reporters.
“I will come back to our factory in January to meet with the engineers and talk about all the new things the driver needs to know.
“Before Jerez I will probably be in the simulator. And once we are in Jerez then the time (before Melbourne) will go very quickly,” Kvyat added.
He was then asked how much time he would expect to be given behind the wheel of the STR9, which will likely be launched in Spain, compared to his new team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne who will be preparing for his third F1 season.
“The order of the testing can be seen different ways,” he said. “Some fan think that because someone is the first (to drive) means something, but that’s nonsense.
“Actually I would like to drive on the second day, but the team will decide and anyway it is not so important.”
Finally Kvyat commented about the potential for more ugly car designs this year with most teams set to opt for a front nose design being dubbed the ‘anteater nose’.
“An F1 car is always a work of art,” he insisted.
“Yes, there are a couple of details you have to get used to and that even I don’t really like, but in six months time no one will pay any attention to it anymore.
“The nose? It will be interesting, let’s see, but I don’t care what the car looks like — what is important is that it is quick.”
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