Daniil Kvyat: “The car felt good out of the box”

Daniil Kvyat ended the opening free practice session of the 2016 Formula 1 season in second place, but felt the weather conditions seen during both practices at Albert Park mean that the young Russian still does not know where Red Bull Racing are compared to their rivals.

Kvyat was one of only a handful of drivers to get a representative lap time in during FP1 on the dry Pirelli tyres, and his lap of 1m30.146s was enough to see him end P2 behind Lewis Hamilton, and in the wet FP2, he wound up tenth on Intermediate tyres.

Despite the limited running – Kvyat only completed 24 laps across the two sessions – the Russian believes the RB12 felt good on track, but will need to wait until some sustained dry running to draw some proper conclusions.

“Everything went well today I think, the car felt good out of the box so it’s promising,” said Kvyat.

“Obviously there wasn’t much running but it was the same for everyone and every lap we tried to take the most out of it, to learn as much as we could and we can put this data in our pocket for qualifying tomorrow and for Sunday.

“There’s not many indications from today, it’s impossible to predict what others were doing, what they’re going to do and so on, and so it wouldn’t be wise to draw any kind of conclusions.

“We still don’t know what the weather will be like tomorrow so we just have to be patient and see what the day will bring us.”