Two years ago, Daniil Kvyat officially became a Grand Prix driver when he was entered as Toro Rosso's third driver in the US GP in Austin, taking part in Friday's free practice session.
After a somewhat lackluster first half of the season, the young bull who came in from the cold has been steadily building momentum once again, achieving a 5th place finish in his home race in Sochi.
And as many of his peers, he is looking forward to his return to the Circuit of the Americas and hopes to enjoy another strong weekend of racing.
"I really like racing at COTA, the track is really good," said Kvyat who, like Ricciardo, is still awaiting confirmation of Red Bull's engine plans for next year.
"It has a lot of high-speed corners, heavy braking, long straights, a bit of everything really, so it's great for racing, very enjoyable."
His first race at Austin was a troubled affair however, as he finished last, a full lap down on race winner Lewis Hamilton.
" I would say last year's race was unlucky in that we had really good pace but I had to pit for a vibration with the tyre after overtaking Raikkonen, but I have very positive memories of the circuit and I'll be doing my best."
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