Daniil Kvyat: “I’m upset and I’m not at my usual level”

Daniil Kvyat - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Daniil Kvyat was upset and disappointed with his efforts during qualifying for the German Grand Prix on Saturday as the young Russian insisted he was just not good enough.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver admitted to making mistakes and losing his reference points around the Hockenheimring track when it mattered most, leaving him down the grid in nineteenth, although he moves up one spot when Romain Grosjean takes his penalty for a gearbox change.

Kvyat is looking to get back to the place where he knows he can be on track, and is seeking answers to why he has lost confidence behind the wheel of the STR11 in recent races.

“I’m disappointed, I didn’t drive well in today’s qualifying session and my last lap wasn’t good enough to get through to Q2 – I lost my references, made some mistakes and just couldn’t put a good lap together,” said Kvyat.

“We looked promising yesterday, but today when it really mattered we were just not there. I’m upset and I’m not at my usual level, that’s for sure – we all go through some periods where we don’t feel good in the car and that’s where I am now.

“I just need to have a bit of a better understanding of what’s going on around me and try and come to some conclusions in order to feel confident in the car again. It’s a tough task to get back to my level, but I’m young and I’m sure we will find some answers soon.

“The good thing is that I feel that the solution isn’t that far away… We had a good Friday yesterday for the first time in a while, so we need to look into that. Tomorrow is the race and we will try to fight our way back. I haven’t got much to lose so I will just go for it!”