Daniil Kvyat has expressed disappointment after his qualifying performance ahead of the Canadian Grand Prix, where the reigning GP3 Champion was eliminated after Q2 after only managing 15th fastest in the Toro Rosso.
While, in stark contrast the Russian rookie’s team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne impressed behind the wheel of the Renault-powered car, qualifying eighth ahead of former Champions Jenson Button and Kimi Raikkonen.
After a frustrating day of practice yesterday for Kvyat, where he endured limited time out on the track due to issues with the car, the 20-year-old entered the final practice session with minimal knowledge of a track completely unknown to him as he has never competed around the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Despite minor improvements overnight for the Faenza-based outfit which were apparent during the final hour of practice prior to qualifying, Kvyat once again found his STR9 car difficult to drive during the all-important qualifying hour.
Although the Russian driver, who has enjoyed a relatively successful start to his Formula One career, managed to progress through to the second segment of qualifying, he soon found himself eliminated from proceedings after a suspected brake issue.
Despite the numerous setbacks so far this weekend for Kvyat, the rookie is determined to remain optimistic in his quest for further points during Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix.
“I’m disappointed with how my qualifying turned out today,” he explained. “After the limited running yesterday, the team worked hard overnight and everything seemed to be working fine in this morning’s FP3 session. Then during qualifying I found the car difficult to drive and I experienced some brake problems. We will have to analyse this closely tonight, but I’m sure we will be fine for tomorrow.”
With question marks surrounding Jean-Eric Vergne’s future with Toro Rosso, especially after an impressive display of form by Red Bull-backed Carlos Sainz Jr. in the World Series by Renault, such a competitive qualifying performance by the Frenchman will be met with open arms.
However, there is no denying that Kvyat’s debut so far in Formula One has overshadowed Vergne, with the duo level on four points in the Drivers’ Championship.
Regardless of the statistics between the two team-mates, Toro Rosso will most likely be aiming for a respective points haul during the race despite the mixed emotions within the team after qualifying.
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