Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat became the first Russian to compete in a Grand Prix in his home country when Sochi hosted round 16 of the 2014 F1 World Championship, writes James Beckett.
Cheered on by a capacity home crowd, Red Bull-bound Kvyat, 20, qualified in an impressive fifth position, but a poor start pushed him down the field before he eventually finished 14th, place one back from Bicester-based Toro Rosso team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.
Kvyat said afterwards: “This has been an amazing experience to race in Sochi. The track is really good and uses all of the facilities that were built for the Winter Olympics earlier this year. The layout of the circuit is fast and demanding and you have to concentrate very hard. Now we have all raced here we will be looking forward to returning next year for our second visit to Sochi.”