Daniil Kvyat wants the reliability issues that have affected him to be addressed sooner rather than later after another race of disappointment at the Baku City Circuit left him watching from the sidelines.
The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver retired for a third time out of the eight races so far this season in Azerbaijan, with an electrical shutdown the reason that saw him pull off to the side of the track this time around.
However, Kvyat is getting frustrated that the reliability issues are preventing him from showing off his true potential, especially as he had the number on his highly rated team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr in Baku until his retirement, finishing as he did ahead of the Spaniard in each of the three free practice sessions and in qualifying.
“I’m slightly concerned that issues that I’m having are not letting me to show my full potential,” Kvyat said. “For sure I would not like to continue like this.
“I will ask the team now to investigate everything, because I’m not, let’s say, extremely happy. I do everything I can and, you know, it is very frustrating.”
Kvyat admitted he was having a good weekend in Azerbaijan up until his retirement, with an eleventh place grid slot and in with chance of a good haul of points, only for the car to shut down on him.
“It was probably one of the best,” said Kvyat. “Perfect Friday, perfect Saturday. Starts, still need to work on them, but we were anyway in the mix after that.
“Of course it was free points for everyone who finished today, basically. I was watching the race with [a] heavy heart, to be honest.
“Every time this kind of race happens, my car shuts itself or they give me three penalties in a row or something like that.
“Everything was going on and I was like ‘argh, there’s another position for free, here is another one, here I could have already been third’. And I’m just sitting there watching the race.
“It’s so frustrating. Seems like since I came to Toro Rosso that is the story. And I want it to change as fast as possible.”