Kvyat putting in the hard work

Kvyat putting in the hard work

Daniil Kvyat is looking to hit the ground running and improve Toro Rosso's standings after working hard on his fitness over the winter.

The 22-year-old endured a frustrating 2016 campaign, being demoted to the Red Bull junior team in favour of teenager Max Verstappen.

The Russian flyer ended up down in 14th place in the final F1 standings, with 22 points to his name - 21 behind team-mate Carlos Sainz jr.

It remains to be seen how he will fare in 2017, with a few significant regulation changes possibly helping out the smaller teams.

Kvyat has yet to see his new car but has made it clear that he will do all he can physically to be in the best shape for pre-season testing.

"I wish to wake up on the first working day refreshed, full of strength and energy, and positive," he said.

"We are already preparing for the new season from a physical point of view. In December, when there was free time, we used it to prepare for intensive training in January and February - I will have a lot of work.

"Then I will go to the factory as soon as there is more information about the new car - as soon as the engineers call, I will go."

Red Bull are not contenders to win the title or even make it to the podium but success is measured in degrees, and the former Formula 3 champion wants to make sure they make progress next season.

"For several years Toro Rosso has finished the championship in approximately the same position, so our task is to be higher and score more points," he added.

"Of course we all have expectations with regards to the new regulations, but we need to be patient."

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