Australian GP: Daniil Kvyat about qualifying
The Russian about strong Q1 and Vettel’s interference.
The Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is very close to show a solid first race weekend of the season. Daniil has already impressed with his results in FP1, where he could outrun his teammate Alex Albon and even his potential rival not only on the track, but in the battle for the place in Red Bull team, Pierre Gasly. The second practice was also successful for Kvyat, despite he finished on P11, he overtook Albon again.
Saturday has begun for Daniil with P8 in FP3: the Russian was ahead of Albon as well, and this time ahead of another Red Bull – Max Verstappen. In Q1 Daniil showed amazing 5th place, what let him to go to Q2. By the way, Q1 was successful for both Toro Rosso cars: Alex Albon moved to Q2 too, and in the end overtook the Russian: Albon (13th) – Kvyat (15th).
According to Daniil’s interview to Motorsport Russia, Sebastian Vettel prevent him in Q2.
“I’m pleased with today’s session. We were at a very high level in the first practice session, in the second, third, then in Q1 of qualifying. Something went wrong in Q2. Plus, Sebastian went off the track in front of me, right in front of me, so I had to dodge, and lost some time. He did everything he could. I’m not complaining, he really did everything to get out of the way, but it didn’t work out too well.”
“We just had to repeat the same time as in the first segment. And to be honest, we had to improve it. But in Q1 the feeling from the car was very good, so it’s hard to add afterwards. In general, we just need to learn what happened. As soon as I figure out where is the ideal operating window, we will enjoy.”