ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - NOVEMBER 25: Daniil Kvyat of Scuderia Toro Rosso and Russia during practice for the Abu Dhabi Formula One Grand Prix at Yas Marina Circuit on November 25, 2016 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Peter Fox/Getty Images)

The rapidly approaching 2017 Formula One Championship season is firmly in  Toro Rosso driver Danii Kvyat’s sights, the Russian racer’s thoughts never really straying far from the challenge that is lying in wait ahead of him.

"Almost as soon as the 2016 season was over, I was thinking about building up to this year," he said on the team’s official website. "After taking part in a few end of year events, I had some time off, but me and my trainer found time to train even before and during the Christmas period. The work never really stopped."

Danii’s 2016 season was topsy-turvy after swapping his seat at the senior Red Bull Racing team with Max Verstappen and taking a backward step to the junior outfit. While he was out of sorts for a few races, his usual smile not present in the garage, Danii has come to terms with the situation and is busy working with his engineers to get the best results possible from 2017.

"I'm quite intense with my engineers, so I wanted to give them a bit of time off from myself for Christmas and New Year. But since then, we've been in touch and it's good to know there's a lot of hard work going on in the factory as well. I had a seat fitting earlier on, but I think we will be checking on that, as I've been eating a bit!"

Like his colleagues, Danii is busy training to make sure he is at his prime physically so that he is prepared for the new challenges of the 2017 contender…

"In theory the cars will be much faster and so we should train accordingly and be fit and ready to do a lot of laps during the Barcelona test sessions," confirmed Daniil. "We are preparing for that, doing a little bit more strength work, but it's not too different to last year, we have just increased the volume a little bit, by beginning training in December already, which used to be free time.”

“It's a nice life when it brings results. I'd rather be training than partying, as the end result is I get to drive an F1 car! So it's always a pleasure to work towards good results. When you know you have done your preparation work as well as possible, then you can approach everything in a calm state of mind."