Daniil Kvyat feels he and Red Bull are getting back to their best after a difficult start to his maiden season with the team.
The Russian stepped up to Red Bull from Toro Rosso after Sebastian Vettel ended a six-year relationship with the Milton Keynes squad by switching to Ferrari last winter.
Kvyat suffered a tricky start to the season after failing to even make the start grid of the Australian Grand Prix and had been languishing in the middle order with an underperforming Renault power unit and a Red Bull chassis which was failing to live up to the highest expectations set by Adrian Newey and company.
However, since the beginning of the Europe stint of the season Kvyat has progressively climbed up the grid and grabbed his maiden Formula 1 podium with second place in Hungary, followed up by fourth place at the power-dependent Spa circuit.
Despite taking a multitude of grid penalties in Monza the Russian battled back to finish in the points and Kvyat now believes he and the team are returning to their best form as they prepare for the fly-away rounds.
“I think since the beginning of the season nothing has really changed massively but we started to do proper mileage on Friday and started to finish races and able to do what we want since Barcelona,” Kvyat said. "Since then it has gone upwards.
“I wasn't obviously that happy at the beginning of the season because it was an uncomfortable situation with all those things but the last few races, including Spa, have been very positive and we had strong race performances. We have to continue this way.”
Kvyat points to Red Bull finding 'compromises' with its underwhelming power unit, while he became more comfortable with the RB11, and now feels they can find gains much faster than at the start of the year.
“We were a little bit lost at the start of the season by not doing proper mileage throughout the weekend to develop,” he explained. “Now we understand the car better and know our weaknesses and try to cover them as much as we can. We are now finding a compromise better through the weekends even at such a power-demanding track like Spa.”