German GP Toro Rosso

Downcast Kvyat confirms qualifying errors

It has been a tough season for Daniil Kvyat, having been dropped by Red Bull and then being comprehensively outpaced by new teammate Carlos Sainz Jr, and naturally those pressures are having an effect on the Russian.

Openly admitting that qualifying at the German Grand Prix wasn’t good enough, not making it out of Q1 in the Toro Rosso only setting the 19th fastest time of the 22 drivers.

He said at the end of qualifying, “I’m disappointed, I didn’t drive well in today’s qualifying session and my last lap wasn’t good enough to get through to Q2 – I lost my references, made some mistakes and just couldn’t put a good lap together.

“We looked promising yesterday, but today when it really mattered we were just not there.

“I’m upset and I’m not at my usual level, that’s for sure – we all go through some periods where we don’t feel good in the car and that’s where I am now. I just need to have a bit of a better understanding of what’s going on around me and try and come to some conclusions in order to feel confident in the car again.

“It’s a tough task to get back to my level, but I’m young and I’m sure we will find some answers soon.

“The good thing is that I feel that the solution isn’t that far away… We had a good Friday yesterday for the first time in a while, so we need to look into that. Tomorrow is the race and we will try to fight our way back. I haven’t got much to lose so I will just go for it!”

Kvyat is under pressure from Red Bull to perform, with Pierre Gasly recently finding form in GP2, the Russians natural successor if they decide to do so.

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