As usual, today was Friday and that means that Free Practice 1 and Free Practice 2 were held in the Yas Marina Circuit ahead of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. After a good 2019 season with Toro Rosso, the Russian driver is still looking for an excellent result here in Abu Dhabi. Daniil Kvyat achieved a fantastic third place during the German Grand Prix. It worth mention that it was the first podium for Toro Rosso since Monza in 2008.
On the first practice session, Daniil finished on P15 with a best lap of 1:39.969. He managed to complete a total of 20 laps. It was a very tough session for the Italian team and both of their drivers. Even though the first practice session is not that relevant because its conditions are totally different to the conditions they actually race, it is still a good opportunity to get some data so they can concentrate in short and long runs in FP2. During the evening session, Daniil achieved a 1:37.651 and finished on P9, one place higher than his teammate. Both Toro Rosso cars completed a lot of laps so they can recover all the data they couldn’t get in FP1.
“It was a productive day, FP1 wasn’t so important as the conditions are different to the conditions we race in, but it’s still useful to get some reference points and see how the car behaves. FP2 was also productive, all of the laps were important because the conditions are more representative for the race, so it was good to put so many laps in during the session.” Commented the Russian driver.
“We’ll see when we study the data tonight what need to do with the car for tomorrow. I felt quite good with the car today, but it doesn’t mean we can stop working and leave everything like this, things change over the weekend and we need to adapt.” Affirmed Daniil.