Red Bull Racing's Daniil Kvyat is keeping his feet firmly on the ground after ending Friday practice for the Hungarian Grand Prix in second place overall.
Kvyat was fifth in the opening session at the Hungaroring, but improved in the afternoon, finishing 'best of the rest' behind pace-setter, Lewis Hamilton, who was 0.351s quicker in his Mercedes.
Asked if he can maintain the pace on Saturday and Sunday, Kvyat replied: “We will see when Sunday arrives. Right now it is too early to think about that. Well obviously you think about it, but you cannot predict this.
“We will have to see what tyre will work better and we have to find out in the race [where we are].”
Pressed on what was the reason for his performance, he joked: “Good car, good driver – it is enough! It is just Friday though, but hopefully we will do our homework well for tomorrow, because tomorrow everybody will be pushing hard and we have to do the same.”
“It feels better to be P2 than P12,” he added, “but like I said it is only Friday. It is too early to make any conclusions. We will just have to wait until tomorrow and do as much preparation as possible.
“I think we all did the same programme more or less as the other teams. I think both [our long and short runs] looked quite competitive.
“We have to keep pushing.”
Meanwhile, Kvyat said that unlike team-mate Daniel Ricciardo – who had to pull off in the final third of the second session when his power unit let go – he had no issues: “For me the engine was okay. I saw some smoke, I think Daniel had some issues. It is not nice to see the car on this other side of the garage have these problems,” he concluded.