F1 2014 rookie Daniil Kvyat secured his best ever grid position today in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Kvyat made it safely through both Q1 and Q2 and was then seventh fastest in the top-ten shootout on a 1m 09.619s.

Speaking afterwards he said he could have been quicker too, but for the late yellow in Q3 when Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton spun at Turn 2.

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"This was my best qualifying result so far this season and I'm satisfied with the work the team has done all weekend. We managed to put all the things together like a puzzle and we made a significant step forward from yesterday to today," said the young Russian, who has made it into the top-ten on only two prior occasions, when he was eighth in Australia and ninth more recently in Monaco.

"It was a shame that because of the yellow flags in Turn 2, we couldn't exploit the full potential of the car," he added. "But still, P7 is a good starting position.

"I really enjoy this circuit and I hope we can have a strong race in front of all the Red Bull family."

Jean-Eric Vergne meanwhile had a more sobering day in the sister Toro Rosso and went out in Q2, when he was only 15th fastest.

"We introduced a very big aero package here this weekend and the good news is that it's working pretty well and I think it's a good platform for going forward," summarised Toro Rosso technical director, James Key.

"As for today, we are obviously very happy to get Daniil into Q3 and for him to finish in seventh place, which is certainly a very good position to start the race. But it's been a bit of a mixed session. I think JEV hasn't really been a hundred percent happy with the car all day. He's had some balance problem which we've been working on hard.

"For Daniil, however, it was a fantastic qualifying session and he was competitive all day. Unfortunately he was a victim of a yellow flag with a Mercedes in Q3, so he had to back off a bit and he lost probably three or four tenths. I think he could have done even better but with a seventh position on the grid we can't complain at all. The team is happy for him, for doing such a good job.

"Tomorrow is what counts [though]."