Daniil Kvyat is looking to make the most of the mid-season break, with the young Russian believing he is the one who needs it most after a stressful and difficult 2016 to date.
Kvyat began the year as Daniel Ricciardo’s team-mate at Red Bull Racing, but found himself demoted back to Scuderia Toro Rosso after his home Grand Prix, and has admitted that the demotion made him lose some motivation, and is looking to this enforced break before the Belgian Grand Prix to reassert himself as a Formula 1 driver.
Kvyat has found himself more often than not upstaged and outperformed by Carlos Sainz Jr, but is looking to work hard to return to the form that took him to Red Bull in the first place and that took him to a podium finish earlier this season in China.
“I really need it I think, me more than anyone else I think,” said Kvyat of the mid-season break. “I’ve been straining myself, asking too much of myself, asking things that were not possible in this car and these circumstances, especially when I just came to the team… Monaco, Baku worked well, I think I jumped ahead of the car performance and everything, then I then felt that was possible the next races.
“It’s easy to strain yourself and that’s what I feel like I did. Now luckily I have a summer break and now I know what I did wrong, now I have the summer break and that’s a good thing.
“I was in very good physical shape this winter which I lost again when I got de-motivated. Now I want to work with my trainer again and put myself back to the real good old Danny.”