Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat insists that he still has every reason to be pleased with his first eighth races in Formula One, despite three consecutive retirements since Monaco.
Kvyat, who scored points on his debut in Australia, becoming the youngest point scorer in the history of F1, insists that both he and his Toro Rosso team have extracted all they can from their package in the opening part of the season.
“I think we’ve achieved the maximum from ourselves, we’ve been talking maximum out of our package,” said the Russian during Thursday’s FIA press conference. “I was always learning some new things, it’s been always a good improvement through the season.”
Asked whether he felt frustrated after three non scores, having picked up four points from his first five races in the sport, Kvyat said: Yes, it’s true. We had quiet good speed, which we couldn’t consolidate into good result unfortunately.
“But last three races we couldn’t come to the end, but I think it’s been a good sign that we do have speed, we do have something to fight for and we’ll just keep fighting,” he added.
The Russian youngster remains upbeat ahead of the British Grand Prix, with his focus now on the reminder of the season.
“It’s been good but it doesn’t feel like half a season anyway. We’ll see what the next half of the season will bring us,” he concluded.
Kvyat currently lies 15th in the drivers’ championship, four points shy of his experienced Toro Rosso team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne, while Toro Rosso are seventh in the team’s table.
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