After a troublesome weekend that had been blighted by tyre rim failures and subsequent safety fears, Daniil Kvyat felt seventeenth was the best possible result in qualifying for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver had been limited to just eight laps across the two practice sessions on Friday and then only thirteen on Saturday morning, but managed to get within two-tenths of a second of advancing through to Q2.
“After all the problems we’ve been struggling with this weekend, today’s result is actually the maximum we could achieve, at least from my side – I don’t think I could’ve done a better lap to be honest,” said Kvyat.
“We’ve had very little track time during the practice sessions, so it was difficult to go into qualifying without many laps under my belt…”
Kvyat will head into the race on Sunday without having done any long runs due to the rim issues, but is determined to fight and secure the best result possible for the Faenza-based team.
“I’m happy with the recovery and we still have a chance to fight tomorrow, when I will try and do a clean race and see where we end up,” said Kvyat. “We’re also going blind into the race, as we didn’t complete any long runs, but we will keep fighting until the end, that’s for sure!”