Daniil Kvyat was frustrated to exit qualifying for the 2016 Spanish Grand Prix this weekend as he settles in to his new role with the Scuderia Toro Rosso team following his swap with Max Verstappen.
Team-mate Carlos Sainz secured eighth place after running high on the time sheets throughout the sessions, but the Russian driver struggled to find the right set up.
“I’m still getting used to the team and the car, so it hasn’t been the easiest of qualifying sessions.” said Kvyat. “To be out in Q2 isn’t what one wants to see, but the general feeling is positive, I feel better and better in the car and in the future we will do better – I’m just not a very patient guy! We need to analyse and find where we could’ve done better to improve very quickly for the next races.”
While thirteenth place isn’t ideal, Kyvatt will be hoping to target a points finish on his return to the Red Bull junior team.
Toro Rosso’s James Key highlighted the amount of work that Kvyatt and the team were having to do this weekend, “Effectively we are trying to do the work of winter testing in the space of a race weekend! However Daniil’s learning curve has been very steep and he is settling in well.” said Key.
“With every run he has done he has got more used to the car and continually found more performance, and we are getting the set-up more towards what he is looking for. I think after Sunday’s race and a day of testing next week we will be back up to speed.” he added.