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Kyvat adapting quickly. (©GettyImages)
Kyvat adapting quickly. (©GettyImages).

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat wants more points

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Toro Rosso rookie Daniil Kvyat is hoping he can claim another points finish this weekend at the Chinese Grand Prix.

The 19-year-old joined the Formula One grid controversially this season but has made an impressive start to life in the elite single-seater category.

It will be the first time that the Russian driver has been faced with the challenge of the 5.5km Shanghai International circuit, but he has been making preparations for the new task which awaits him.

Kvyat told "I've watched lots of Shanghai races on TV and after Bahrain I was able to drive it on the simulator."

Kvyat finished in 11th place at the 2014 Bahrain Grand Prix after starting from 12th on the grid, ending a run of two consecutive point-scoring finishes.

He said: "I was disappointed to finish just outside the points at the last race and after learning a lot about the car at the post-Bahrain test, I hope we can aim for another top-10 finish, on what looks like a challenging track."

The midweek testing opportunity in Bahrain last week, the first of four introduced the season, would have been welcomed by Kvyat, one of three new-comers to Formula One this year.

Daniil drove the Toro Rosso on the Tuesday of the test and posted the slowest time of the 11 cars. But with another vital 67 laps worth of experience under his belt towards his understanding of the unfamiliar and more powerful machinery he is now driving.

Kvyat is a rare example of a driver who has made the step to Formula One far earlier than most, not just in terms of age but also junior series experience. Kvyat has skipped out the seemingly inevitable stepping stone of the most popular Formula One feeder championships, Renault 3.5 and more commonly GP2.

But Red Bull had seen enough in his abilities from last season where he claimed the championship in the highly-competitive GP3 series.

It had been expected that it would be Portuguese driver, Antonio Felix da Costa who would benefit from the Red Bull reshuffle and proceed to take Daniel Ricciardo's seat with Toro Rosso, but for a disappointing season for him in the World Series by Renault. Kvyat was then able to benefit from Da Costa's misfortune.

But Kvyat is quietly going about his business and responding to critics who say the driver appointment was based on the fact that a Russian would be thoroughly marketable in a year where the Sochi Grand Prix has been added to the schedule.

He has become the youngest point-scorer in Formula One history and is looking to continue to justify the decision and faith put in him by those in charge who claim he is there on merit.

Kvyat has scored three championship points this season, just one point fewer than his more experienced team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne and has out-qualified the Frenchman on one occasion. 

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