Kvyat eager to draw line under challenging 2016 season


Daniil Kvyat - Credit: Peter Fox/Getty Images

Daniil Kvyat is eager for the 2016 Formula 1 season to come to an end, as he wants to draw a line under the struggles and uncertainty he has faced this season.

The Russian began the season with high hopes as part of the Red Bull Racing set-up but found himself demoted to Scuderia Toro Rosso after his home Grand Prix at the beginning of May, and it took a while for Kvyat to reacclimatize himself to the Faenza-based team.

Pierre Gasly had been linked to replacing Kvyat within the Toro Rosso line-up for 2017, but the Russian was kept on for another season, and he admitted that it helped relax him knowing that he would be back on the grid next season.

“Of course, it is part of it,” said Kvyat on Motorsport.com. “Generally things in life are going quite well, to be honest, for me. Still races to go this year but, to be honest, this year has been so long I can’t wait for it to be over.

“In a way, every year becomes harder and harder. It’s not like I paid too much attention to it all. Yeah, it wasn’t an easy one, it turned out to be a surviving year in the end. In the beginning I had big plans, then it turned out to be a survival season.

“Now it seems like I managed just to put myself in a position to be in Formula 1 for next year, to be with Toro Rosso, which I like. But, yeah, it turned out to be a survival season, I didn’t like it and I don’t want it to happen ever again.”