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.”