30 March 2014
Malaysian GP: Kvyat back in the points again in 2nd outing
Toro Rosso's new signing Daniil Kvyat was keen to show that his points finish in Australia was no fluke - and he didn't have long to wait.
Two races into his Formula 1 career, and 19-year-old Daniil Kvyat has a one hundred percent record for finishing in the points in a Grand Prix - not bad going by anyone's standards.
“It's good to finish in the top ten for a second time in a row now," agreed the Toro Rosso driver after finishing in tenth place in the 2014 Malaysian Grand Prix. "Overall it was a good weekend and I hope we continue to improve like this as the car definitely has potential.
"This afternoon's race was very difficult and intense with a lot of fighting," he recalled. "The first two stints were hard when I was fighting the Williams and McLaren in the early stages, but they were faster than me on the straight. I was quite happy with the final stint and having managed to defend my position.
"I'm looking forward to going straight to Bahrain to race again in a week's time," he added. "It will be interesting to be on a track where we have actually tested with this car.”
"Daniil did another good race," said a happy team principal, Franz Tost. "He could stand the pressure from the others until the end of the race and defend his position, without making any mistake."
It was a less happy story for Kvyat's team mate Jean-Eric Vergne, who had a promising start to the race but then hit technical problems that resulted in a collision that forced him out of the race on lap 18.
"I think I had a great start today but very soon I felt some problems with the car," said Vergne. "I lost power in the car and I just saw everybody overtaking me."
"After yesterday's very good performance in qualifying, [Jev] unfortunately faced some problems today from the very beginning of his race," explained Tost. "Soon after the start, in his first lap, he lost many positions, when something went wrong in the Power Unit management."
That in itself didn't put Vergne out of the race, however.
"I found myself in a sandwich between a Caterham and Bianchi and maybe I was a bit too ambitious to think I could try and pass the two cars. It was just not possible and this resulted in the collision, which damaged my front wing," he said. "At this point I knew that my race was compromised, so I was hoping for some rain and maybe a safety car to change the cards on the table and re-join the pack, but then I continued to suffer with the car and my race was over.
"It's really a shame, as this was a race in which we could have been strong and achieve a good result," he sighed. "The race pace on hard tyres was pretty good. On the positive side, we have a good car and we won't have to wait long before being back on track, as Bahrain is just around the corner."
Like the other teams, Toro Rosso will have to hustle to pack up their equipment and make their flight to Bahrain, in order to start the whole Grand Prix weekend merry-go-round in just five day's time.
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