Daniil Kvyat: “All I can hope for is a different type of race”

Daniil Kvyat dropped from thirteenth to sixteenth on the grid following his penalty - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Daniil Kvyat will start down in sixteenth position on the grid following his three-place penalty for impeding Lance Stroll during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, which he felt was a shame after having a good day up until then.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver felt thirteenth was just about the right position in Hungary, missing out on advancing to the top ten shootout by just 0.227 seconds, but he rued the miscommunication between team and driver during the first segment of qualifying that earned him his penalty.

“Unfortunately, I’ve been penalised with a three position grid penalty for tomorrow’s race, so I will now be starting from P16,” said Kvyat. “There was a bit of a miss-communication, so I didn’t know that anyone was coming behind and we’ve now got a penalty for blocking another car…

“It’s a shame, because today had been quite a good day: our overall performance and my feeling with the car was okay, even if the balance changed a bit throughout the qualifying session. I just missed out on Q3 by a couple of tenths but we ended up more or less where we expected to be.”

Kvyat hopes to turn the weekend around on Sunday, although he knows he will need an eventful race ahead of him to get close to the points.

“My feeling with the car is quite good and now all I can hope for is a different type of race, an eventful one, otherwise it will be difficult to overtake here,” said Kvyat.

“We will obviously try and do our best, make our tyres last and see where we end up.”