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Kvyat satisfied despite missing out on Top Ten in Baku

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Daniil Kvyat will start eleventh on Sunday in Azerbaijan - Credit: Clive Rose/Getty Images

Daniil Kvyat missed out on advancing to the top ten shootout at the Baku Street Circuit by just over four-tenths of a second on Saturday, but admitted he would have needed a tow from someone to go any faster.

His best lap during Q1 was faster and saw him go fifth fastest, but that was with the benefit of a tow from another car down the long pit straight, but without that in Q2 he was unable to better eleventh, a position which he admitted to being satisfied with.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso remains cautious about what is possible on Sunday in Azerbaijan, but he will be hoping to finish the race this season after retiring from the event twelve months ago in the early laps thanks to a mechanical issue.

“I think the only way of getting into Q3 today was by managing to get a massive tow or slipstream from someone, like what happened to me in Q1 – that was a mega lap that put me P5!” said Kvyat. “In Q2 I didn’t get the chance to do this again, but I enjoyed some clean laps.

“I’m satisfied with P11. For tomorrow, you can never be 100% confident about anything here in Baku, but we will obviously try and do our best and see where we finish.”

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