Daniil Kvyat, AlphaTauri, Imola, 2020

No simulator runs mean Kvyat is “starting from zero” at Istanbul

2020 Turkish Grand Prix

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Daniil Kvyat expects to go into this weekend’s Turkish Grand Prix at a disadvantage as he has no knowledge of the Istanbul Park circuit.

The AlphaTauri driver, who scored the best result of his season to date in the last round at Imola, made his F1 debut in 2014, three years after the championship last raced in Turkey.

“I’ve never raced in any category at the Istanbul circuit,” said Kvyat, “and, with the current situation, I’ve not even been able to try it on the simulator, so I will be really starting from zero.”

Kvyat has at least been able to study the layout from videos of past races at the track. “Of course I know where the corners go and have watched old races from there,” he said. “I know it runs anti-clockwise, like the last race in Imola, and that it climbs and drops a lot and then there’s the famous turn eight that goes on forever.

“I reckon with the modern F1 cars’ level of downforce, it should be really fast now and require plenty of commitment. Then there are some corners that are similar to famous turns at Spa and Interlagos, so I expect it will be an interesting weekend.”

While his team mate Pierre Gasly also lacks real-world experience of the circuit, he has been able to put a few virtual laps in on his own simulator.

“Like most of the drivers I’ve never raced in Istanbul,” said Gasly, “so it will be a case of discovering the track for the first time.

“The layout looks very interesting and so I’m keen to experience it for myself. I have managed to do a few laps of the track in the simulator and it seems really unique with unusual corners – everyone’s heard of turn eight with all the long left-handers.

“The first sector seems interesting with some blind parts. There are also some changes of gradient and a lot of corners where you have high lateral and longitudinal loads when you are turning and braking at the same time. I think it is quite complicated and I like that sort of track with a lot of corners where you have to get into a rhythm and so I think I’ll enjoy it. It’s another opportunity to try and do something really good.”

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7 comments on “No simulator runs mean Kvyat is “starting from zero” at Istanbul”

  1. I’m kinda surprised that the drivers who aren’t into sim racing haven’t invested in a rig for themselves to train for these new/returning tracks. It seems like an easy thing to do to get a bit of marginal advantage. I get that a decent sim rig would be in four figures, but if racing was my livelihood it would be worth it.

    1. @f1hornet why would they? on a normal season, they’d be able to test with the team’s simulator which obviously is much better to anythign you can ever buy on a store.

      Besides, I’m not sure any of the simulators out there has a laser-scanned Istanbul Park. iRacing certainly doesn’t.

      1. @fer-no65 The sims I’ve used don’t have Istanbul Park, but the team factory sims, of course, do have.

  2. I guess this shows the logic of at least having a (semi-)professional simulator setup at their homes …

  3. His mark in the history of the sport will be minor. How does he keep his seat when a four time champion loses his? That worked out, for RP, but with respect to Kvyat, the time has come for young money and youthful exuberance will send him into the history books. So thanks for trying.

    1. That’s true for Vettel. He should go because he is behind Kvyat on points and hasn’t shown anything this season… And Kvyat is still young.

      1. Still young but no longer presents a threat to anyone. Maybe a few moments of excitement from him here and there but in truth always a back marker. Thats harsh from me but in his time in F1 he played that role of back marker as best he could. Love it though if he could come through and collect 25 points. That would be neat.

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