Whilst we’re aware that every driver who makes it to a Formula One grid is incredibly lucky, last season was a test of personal strength for Daniil Kvyat, who suffered from the clinical aspect of the Red Bull Racing driver programme.
There’s no denying that it must have been tough for Kvyat to watch Max Verstappen winning on his debut in Spain in what would have been the Russian’s car, and possibly his strategy too had he stayed. Kvyat had already picked up Red Bull’s first podium of the year at this point, but was demoted back to Toro Rosso.
His strong opening performance of 2017 at the Australian Grand Prix highlights that the Russian is in a different place this year, and with a top benchmark in Carlos Sainz, can prove his mettle once again this season. After finishing 9th around Albert Park, Kvyat said,
“What a good race! It was just a shame that we had to make an extra stop during the final laps, as we had to fill my car with air again… If it hadn’t been for that, P7 was definitely on the table and we were fighting for it well! The team has done a fantastic job all weekend and I’m very glad about that – congratulations and thank you everyone!
We now need to keep pushing and fighting for more points like today. Physically speaking, it wasn’t an easy race but I felt good the whole time – I need to thank my trainer for that, we worked very well throughout the whole winter! All in all, a good way to start the season, showing strong pace and with both cars in the points; now we can start to prepare for China and we can all be pleased with ourselves.”
– Daniil Kvyat
Given that Kvyat only managed three points-scoring performances in seventeen races for Toro Rosso in 2016, this season is shaping up to be a much more successful stint in the STR12. He was on the pace of Sainz in Melbourne and kept the promising spaniard very honest and we hopefully have that driver who impressed Red Bull in the first place back.