Daniil Kvyat: “One of my best qualifying laps this year”


Daniil Kvyat felt his qualifying session for the Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday was one of his best of the season, despite only setting the seventh fastest time in Interlagos.

The Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver will move up to sixth once Valtteri Bottas takes his grid penalty, but Kvyat reckons things are going good for the Russian driver after perhaps his strongest race performance of his career two weeks ago in Mexico City.

“I’m happy with the job we did today, we managed a good clean lap in Q3,” said Kvyat. “It was probably one of my best qualifying laps this year.

“I had my best race of the season in Mexico and now one of my best qualifying sessions in Brazil so I’m quite happy about how things are going at the moment.

“Conditions were tricky, as the track has been changing through the day, so it was quite important to adapt to the conditions, but the car was behaving itself quite well. We managed to get a good balance and I got pretty much the maximum out of it.”

Kvyat reckons the race on Sunday will be tough, but he aims to drive an aggressive race to try and make gains from his grid slot.

“Qualifying was tight and I think it’s going to be the same in the race, so we will try to stick to the aggressive approach and pass the people in front of us,” revealed Kvyat. “We look to have a good race pace and in the long runs I was quite happy.

“My focus is to do a nice, clean and controlled race, try to challenge the cars around us, and bring some good points home.”