Daniil Kvyat (RUS-Koiranen) would like to use a home country advantage to return to victory lane this weekend in Moscow following the disappointment at the Nürburgring. Unfortunately for the 18 year old who now bases himself in Rome, the circuit is new for everyone so apart from the language he is not really any more at home than his opposition including Red Bull Junior team mates Stefan Wackerbauer (GER-Koiranen) and Alex Albon (THA-Epic).
Russia is a big country and Kvyat hails from the town of Ufa, over 1400km and a 19 hour drive from the circuit. The Moscow circuit opening features Eurocup Formula Renault 2.0 Races 7 and 8 on July 14th and 15th. Kvyat lost the championship lead to Stoffel Vandoorne last time out as the Belgian won both races at the Nürburgring.
While Vandoorne was racking up 50 points in Germany, Kvyat scored a mere 10, a paltry return he will be hoping to atone for in front of his own fans. Now 13 points behind he needs to regain his early-season pace if he is to prevent Vandoorne from gaining control of the championship ahead of the midsummer break.
Third-placed Nato is the only other man to have won a race this year, but has proved less consistent than the two men above him, suffering two retirements so far to lie 40 points adrift of Vandoorne. Sitting comfortably in fourth, Nato’s fellow Frenchman Paul-Loup Chatin has picked up points in every race to date and now has his sights set on topping the podium and moving up the standings.
Wackerbauer has been waiting for a top-ten result and further championship points for three races now following the pair he picked up in Race 1 at Spa.
Red Bull Junior Alex Albon (THA) on the other hand is still waiting for his maiden points in this racing series. The young man from Thailand has already proven his talent in the Alps Series with a 6th place at Imola and an 8th in Spa.