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F1 United States Grand Prix: Kvyat and Red Bull investigates race pace drop in Austin

Daniil Kvyat says Red Bull will run a thorough investigation into its drastic deterioration of race pace as the track dried out in Austin.
Daniil Kvyat says he is certain he could have carried his Red Bull to victory in Austin if the race had stayed wet and says the team will undergo a thorough investigation into its deteriorating pace during the United States Grand Prix.

The Russian driver had been tussling for the lead along with the two Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg along with his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo during the opening phases as the track remained wet.

However, both Red Bull drivers' races fell away as the track dried out and the cars switched to slicks and the pair were quickly caught by the Ferrari and Force India cars.

After pushing too hard during the final few laps to make up the deficit, Kvyat ran wide at turn 19 and spun into the barriers, crashing out of the race. Kvyat apologised immediately to his Red Bull team and says they are now working together to understand why his US Grand Prix fell apart.

“The opening laps were mega, it was very enjoyable and it was nice fighting, but then the track dried out. If it was a wet race I felt it could have been a victory today,” Kvyat said. “It's easy to say that, but there's no point really, because once it dried out we were an easy target for everyone, which was a bit frustrating.

“We weren't able to be as competitive in the dry as in the wet so we'll have to have a look at that.

“In the dry, I was driving a bit over my limit when I crashed, I put the wheels on the artificial grass, tried to carry a bit more speed but it didn't work out and I'm disappointed with myself.”

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October 27, 2015 7:12 PM
Last Edited 316 days ago

No investigation is needed for this. With a wet track, the top teams could not use their horsepower and torque advantages to full use. That made it so that mechanical grip, wet weather set-up, aero, and driver skills were more important. Even the Honda powered cars were showing some good competitive lap times. As the track got dryer, the top teams re-gained those advantages back. This was probably one of the best races to watch in a long time. Put all these same drivers in almost identically powered cars, and then we would have some real racing to watch again. Simply adding the same air venturi restrictors to all of the engines would greatly help in leveling the playing field and make the races more interesting. Unfortunately, this would not account for discrepancies of added horsepower from the hybrid systems.

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