Daniil Kvyat: “It was good that we managed to finish”

Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver Daniil Kvyat was happy with his pace in the first half of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, with it looking like he could have a strong race, but due to an electronic issue on the car, Kvyat struggled to maintain his speed, with the Russian admitting he was lucky to finish the race in the points, albeit down in tenth.

“It was good that we managed to finish and I was happy with my pace in the first half of the race,” said Kvyat. “So, up until about midway, it looked as though we could have had a really strong race. 

“I was controlling [Felipe] Massa and attacking [Nico] Hulkenberg, but then we had electronic issues and we had to give up the fight in a way.

“From then on we were losing a lot of time on the straight. Almost every lap we had to do something about our electronic issues, so under the circumstances, we did absolutely the best job we could today and I’m happy about that.

“Our focus from now is 2016 and if we can make some steps forward over the winter, we will be happy.”

In the Drivers’ Championship, Kvyat was the best placed two Red Bulls with a total score of 95 points, placing him seventh, only three points ahead of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo.