The Secret Life of… Daniil Kvyat

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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.

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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.

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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!


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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!



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