He was 'stood down' for the last two rounds in Malaysia and Japan, but he's back in for Toro Rosso at next weekend's 2017 Formula 1 United States Grand Prix. What better time to learn a little more about Daniil Kvyat?
Q: Apart from driving a Formula 1 car, what is your favourite buzz?
Daniil Kvyat: Extreme sports. Adrenalin rush things! (Laughs) Like rafting. When the big wave comes towards you out of nowhere – that is excitingly scary! And from a completely different department: backgammon.
Q: Which film last made you cry?
DK: I am no cry baby. I keep my emotions to myself.
Q: What are you afraid of?
DK: Jellyfish. They are awful.
Q: What was the last book you read?
DK: I think I have read all the classics by now – the new authors don’t really thrill me, so I concentrate on engineers’ reports! (Laughs)
Q: What did your teachers say about you in your school report?
DK: He has good potential, but he has to try harder.
Q: Do you have any guilty pleasures?
DK: Tiramisu. Morning to night!
Q: Do you collect anything?
DK: Sometimes some strange magnets that I put on the fridge. Nothing expensive.
Q: What do you miss most about home when you’re travelling?
DK: All my own stuff: pillows, fridge, magnets on the fridge…
Q: What was your worst buy?
DK: Since I started earning my own money I am very cautious, so nothing substantial. Maybe a stupid t-shirt.
Q: What’s your ideal non-race Sunday?
DK: Staying calm at home. With my girlfriend.
Q: What’s the most embarrassing mistake you’ve ever made?
DK: Probably unnecessarily spinning.
Q: When was the last time you were really angry?
DK: Every last race!
Q: Which superpower would you prefer: being able to fly or being able to become invisible?
DK: Can I say a faster engine? Would that qualify as a superpower? (Laughs)
Q: Do you sing in the shower?
DK: Very rarely – only if a new song is particularly good.
Q: Do you believe in love at first sight?
DK: Of course!
Q: What’s the worst thing about being famous?
DK: Nothing really. It is all a matter of perspective, because if you put yourself under too many limitations then it can suck – but I am not in that position.
Q: You can invite three people to dinner, living or dead. Who do you invite?
DK: My girlfriend is enough!
Q: What was the best thing about being a child?
DK: Not being responsible for anything.
Q: What should everyone try once in their lifetime?
DK: Driving a Formula 1 car. I tell you, nothing beats that!