Daniil Kvyat: “I am very pleased with today”


Daniil Kvyat made amends for his disappointing qualifying performance on Saturday with a strong drive during the Bahrain Grand Prix on Sunday, moving up to seventh place by the chequered flag.

The Red Bull Racing driver was out of position down in fifteenth on the grid for the race in the desert, but made some good overtaking manoeuvres during the 57-lap race, with the Russian passing Felipe Massa for seventh on the final lap of the race.

Kvyat admitted he enjoyed his day, but is looking now to solve his qualifying issues after twice falling foul of the elimination format session in two races.

“I am very pleased with today,” said Kvyat. “It was quite difficult in the beginning but I would say the race went very well considering where we started from. We had good pace and a good result which I am very happy with.

“The strategy worked well and the team managed to avoid traffic on the track, when we saw an opportunity we went for it and it made the race good fun. We found a nice rhythm during the race. It was also good to see we were challenging the front runners, at the right tracks I think this will be interesting.

“We need to work on our qualifying and not repeat the disaster of yesterday, for China I will sit down with my side of the garage and analyse qualifying to improve that.

“It was a really good wheel to wheel race which I think is good for TV and I’m really happy to have been involved in that action. I leave here with the glass half full.”