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Daniil Kvyat: “Playstation Generation? I don’t even have a single game on my iPhone!”
Posted By: James Allen  |  21 May 2014   |  4:50 pm GMT  |  87 comments

Daniil Kvyat looks calm on the eve of the biggest challenge of his young career.

“Not only have I never raced in Monaco, I’ve never been here before,” smiles the young Russian, in the Toro Rosso wing of the monstrously large Red Bull floating motorhome, just outside the Monaco paddock.

Earlier today the rookie, who has scored points in three of his first five Grands Prix, did his first Monaco track walk and tried to take in the bewildering ribbon of tarmac lined with barriers which is F1’s most famous venue.

“It looks quite tight, not much space or freedom. But it looks really cool; the Swimming Pool in particular” says Kvyat. “I’ve never driven here, so I don’t know what to say.

“I’ve studied on board cameras, tried to learn the lines. I had just half a day on the simulator, but I think it’s enough. You learn the configuration, which kerb you can use and which you cannot. When you go to the track it’s a different reality. You try things and if they it’s good you continue and if it’s not you change your approach. You have to react.

“I hope I can get the right rhythm and do really well. I think it’s a good track to show your potential.”

Will this be the scariest race he has done? ” I think in the beginning it will not be easy to put the full throttle on,” replies the Russian, F1’s youngest points scorer. “But it’s all about the right approach. You need to get everything right from the beginning of the weekend to get a good result.”

It is unusual for an F1 driver to arrive in F1 without ever having driven some kind of car around Monaco. Valterri Bottas did it last year after jumping straight from GP3, which doesn’t race in Monaco, into F1. Kvyat followed his lead this year.

How does he anticipate the challenge of building up speed without any form of mental database of the circuit and its quirks?

“No secrets – I’ll not try to do anything I don’t know or try anything clever. That won’t help me. I’ll do what I know, which is to drive fast.”

JA on F1 technical adviser Mark Gillan observed that from his experience of running young drivers, building up the confidence to peak on Saturday afternoon for qualifying is the key and that if you put the driver into the right place with a clear track and he peaks at the right time, he can find a second to two seconds in himself.

“Two seconds is hard to find anywhere, the limit I find tomorrow should be a good baseline for Saturday. Then in qualifying, you need to be really confident around here to be quick and to put the car really close to the walls,” he said.

Amusingly Kvyat shot down the notion that he is from the “Playstation Generation” of kids arriving in F1 who grew up gaming and seeing the world digitally.

“Everyone says ‘Playstation Generation’, but I never had a Playstaion,” laughs Kvyat. “Karting is enough. Being on a real track. I was never a fan of gaming. If you check my IPhone, there is not even one game on it!!”

Kvyat is a likeable but very focussed young driver, who expresses himself well in English and seems already at home in F1. He impressed last season in GP3 and has started as well as he could have imagined possible in his F1 career.

He looks to be one of those who knows that, in becoming an F1 driver, the hard work starts now, as opposed to being an end in itself.

His challenge this weekend, while far from unprecedented, will be interesting to watch.

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Why did he only get 1/2 day in the simulator before racing a very-expensive car around this difficult track? Maybe he SHOULD get a PlayStation or Xbox or whatever F1 runs best on these days…


At a guess I would say that it’s because he has more driving talent in his little toe than the rest of us combined, but you might disagree 🙂

Mike from Colombia

This guy is focused and a star of the future.


Kvyat has been something of a revelation for me. Pretty much dismissed as a token Red Bull promotion when he was announced, he has proved he deserves his place. Reminds me of Robert Kubica’s arrival – no fanfare, just delivered results on track pretty much straight away.

I can definitely see Red Bull lining him up at some point if he continues to progress/Vettel ends up leaving.


Just because you’re young it doesn’t automatically make you a chav.


After a day or two of wondering what the hell a chav was I finally relented and Googled it.

Based on my admittedly sloppy research I came to the conclusion that Kvyat is clearly not a chav as he is wearing his hat correctly.

Anyone who wishes to refute my findings can find my research papers online Here.


Amazing how he dominated Jean-Eric Vergne, who was seen by Scuderia Toro Rosso as a talent.


A determined and smart guy who are able to be Champion among settled star drivers. I bet for him if he get the “resources” needed to succed in F1.


prejudice is old fashion and fans don’t like it.


Anyone else notice how thin his arms are?


All hail the Playstation Generation!


That’s me driving around Monaco in GP4 with the Honda Earth Car.

kenneth chapman

the kid appears to have the basics needed for a future in F1. early days yet but it all looks good so far. he certainly has talent as he has proved since the first race. maybe when vettel goes there will be a place alongside ricciardo, now that i would like to see.


+1, although I’ll still enjoying watching Ricciardo beat Vettel for a little while yet 🙂

kenneth chapman

A@ random79…likewise. can’t get enough of that.


Reminds me of a certain young German who used to drive for Torro Rosso.


Several years ago when he was just a kid I watched some of his karting races in Russia and was impressed of his flat out speed. I thought he could reach even F1. The only reason I very well remembered him was his last name as you don’t meet it very often over there))


Kvyat is more matured than his age. And I don’t think one should typecast the young generation, Kvyat is a racer not a gamer. This young man has high potential to remain in F1 for years to come. Seen some of his F3 races and he’s very good. Wish him all the best for Monaco.


Future champion…


He seems a good grounded driver. I reckon he will do well and be in formula one for a while.

That picture of him signing the autograph shows just how skinny his arms are. Formula 1 seriously needs to look at drivers weight and health, no one should have to lose that much weight to race.


Jean Todt don’t seem to think so when JEV was hospitalized over a weekend. Some look famish don’t they?


I had alot of doubts about this guy coming in to F1 at only 19 years old. I thought he was merely the product of a huge Russian effort to get F1 in Russia and to get a Russian driver a seat. And, that may be true as there is alot of mony behind him.

But, my doubts were completely erased when he showed his true pace. The guy is a completely legitimate F1 pilot and is impressive on track. Not only that, he speaks with a maturity and an insight that goes well beyond his years.

He should progress very well indeed and best of luck to him.


Hopefully Kvyat can bring back to F1 some of that calm, straightforward, no b***s*** approach that made Robert Kubica such a great asset to the sport.


Sounds like he already is 🙂


Daniil seems to add grammar “drive car fast” as a bonus.

I loved Rob’s no nonsense approach. What a loss for F1.


I don’t have any games on my phone either, it’s either proper ones or nothing for me.


I wonder if he played Gran Turismo 5 (Or 6 for that matter) or just bothered with Forza 5. He’s only 19 (I think) so he even could have done some Gran Turismo 4 on the PS2!

I can’t remember Bottas doing any stupid things last year, but this years cars are so diffrent.


How does a kid that tiny manage for finish a race? Seriously, I’m asking the question. Just how much strength does it take to finesse an F1 car?

David in Sydney

It takes stamina. He’d probably be able to run a marathon and still have enough energy to drive his F1 car…

Leslie D'Amico

How refreshing to hear a youngster say, “Karting is enough. Being on a real track. I was never a fan of gaming. If you check my IPhone, there is not even one game on it!!”


IPhone? Isn’t that word pretty much interchangeable with Playstation in that context?


Kvyat has been an inspiration for not only has he been keeping a calm head in the heart of the mid-field but has also become the youngest points scorer 3 times over.

For sure, it’s a surprise learning of a driver that has never been to Monaco considering Monaco’s friendly tax laws.

So yes, Kvyat’s progress this weekend will be interesting for should he have a good weekend, it would set him up as a future superstar and guaranteed Red Bull pilot.

As for the playstation generation, it’s really odd that Kvyat isn’t a gaming fan, I mean even girls love gaming.

So I guess, I will just put Kvyat in the box of the different people out in the world.

Alec Tronnick

Hi Goferet,

This weekend there will be 6 previous winners starting tha race, I guess last year with Webber there would have been 7.

Which race had the most previous winners starting?



No because Rosberg wasn’t a winner at the start of last year’s race


he’s the only one to speak out. ask the other drivers before drawing your conclusions.


@ aveli

Point taken.


goferet’s favourite game:

Gran Statismo – The Real Stat Simulator 🙂


I always think if a driver is quick enough, he’s old enough. I totally agree the young Russian is very impressive indeed. He’s the real deal. Perhaps a future Red Bull deal awaits in the future? Or maybe Scuderia Maranello are preparing a daft contract for a few years time?

By the way, you know that bump exiting the tunnel approaching the chicane that’s caused the likes of Jenson, DC, Nico Ros and Checo a few sleepless nights – why didn’t they get Montoya to jump up and down on it? That would have flattened it out! Mind you, Monty jumping up and down at Monaco might have caused a big sink-hole…………..

Ah well, win some, loose some!


@ Gaz Boy

I understand that bump on the exist of the tunnel is thanks to Montoya when he decided to break test Schumi in 2004 Lol…


Sorry typo, I meant draft contract.

Although at this moment you would have to be daft to sign for the Maranello brigade!


Boy….this guy is skinny!!! Is this what F1 forces drivers to be?


Yeah, I was going to post the same comment….it doesn’t look healthy to me!


That photo really highlights how small his arms are. It looks dangerously thin. I’m sure many other drivers look like that. It’s wrong.


Short answer is yes, but Kvyat might just be that skinny anyway and if so it’s probably an advantage.

David in Sydney

If you lay off the hot chips, sweets and crisps from an early age your body can be quite lean. Our modern diets with 4,000 Kj meals are killing us.


how can you do that? they taste so nice!


Do not think so…..he doesn’t have any muscles! The McDonald/Coca-Cola problem for some people is one thing, but he doesn’t look healthy, he doesn’t look like an athlete at all!


playstation was around in 1991, before any of the current drivers entered f1 and so far only a single driver, mardenborough, out of billions have gamers, has made it into professional racing. so all this nonsense about playstation generation?

Alec Tronnick

I think a few readers are misunderstanding what the “play station Generation ” means….

It’s not about who had an Xbox orPS2.

what it’s getting at is those racers that spent hours on the game consoles, and came into real racing thinking that they knew everything…

And because in gaming, if you crash, it doesn’t Cost anything, it doesn’t hurt so they take Kamikaze risks that wreck other racers weekend.

Danii is just saying he got his experience in the real world.


I remember reading that Jacques Villeneuve used a Playstation to learn the European F1 tracks. So drivers have found computer games useful, even if gamers as such haven’t graduated.


thank you steve rovers, yet villenurve has never been referred to as being of the playstation generation.

James Clayton

I think you’ve missed the point of the phrase.

It’s not suggesting that people can train in computer games and jump straight into competitive racing, they’re merely the generation that grew up with realistic 3D generated environments available – and they’re used to pressing buttons to get things done.

The last generation of F1 drivers grew into technology. This generation grew up with it.


so why would kvyat offer his iphone for inspection if what you’re saying is right?


True enough about “PlayStation generation” maybe, but if you watch Hackers then you’ll know that before the PlayStation generation we had the Nintendo generation, which is essentially the same thing.

Still, great attempt at holding onto your argument 😉


good effort random79 and james clayton. we all know that those two words playstation generation have only been used recently implying drivers honed their skills on game consoles. prejudice. why use those words to segregate drivers who all belong to the so called playstation generation? great attempt at logic all the same.

James Clayton

One swallow does not a summer make…

Just because Kvyat never had a Playstation, Xbox or whatever, doesn’t mean the others didn’t. I remember in one of Hamilton’s podium interviews he said how great it was to be up on the podium with Kimi and recalled how he used to play as Kimi on the Playstation.


He was just saying that he has no games on it, but the point is that even if he doesn’t play PlayStation he’s still part of the generation that grew up with it as well as internet and iPhones and probably a number of other things we didn’t have when I was a kid (and I’m not even that old).

But just because he grew up with them it doesn’t mean he’s a tech-head or a gamer anymore that it means I’m an expert on internal combustion engines just because I grew up with them.

It just means that – as James Clayton rightly pointed out – it’s maybe a little easier for him to get to grips with the new tech then a driver who’s perhaps ten or fifteen years older.


I’m pretty sure the original PSX was released in ’95.

Anyway, you’re right and so is Kvyat – the only thing that will really get you experience at driving a real track is driving a real track.

I’m pretty good on the PlayStation but I don’t think for a second that I could drive a real F1 car around Monaco.


so why did kvyat offer his phone for inspection? i


Playstation was ’94 and ’95. Games didnt really get anywhere close to a decent representation until the early noughties though, and you only have to play the “same” representation of a track on different games to realise how different (and thus wrong) they probably are.

Remember Richard Hammond driving one of the Renault V10 F1 cars on Top Gear. He wasnt close to quick enough for that car, and while he isnt F1 standard, We all know that he is a very skilled driver, much more so than any of us normals.

I’d reccomend doing one of those driving expereicnes at a racetrack where you get to drive a Formula Renault car for a few laps. Fantastic fun, and probably the closest most of us will get to single seater racing.


I don’t think Mr M in his Lotus can drive an F1 car around Monaco either………..

He has competed in 3 grand prix at Monaco and for one reason or another he has stuffed his car into the barrier in all 3!

Well at least that’s consistency!


Don’t forget Luca Ordonnez who raced at Le Mans for the G Drive sponsored car.


oh yeah, only a hand full. it would be understandable if 50% of the grid got into f1 via playstation. as it stands, kyviat tells them that they are lying and invited them to inspect his iphone for games. only if their reporting was based on evidence.

we don’t like prejudice!

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