Daniil Kvyat says he can leave the Mexican Grand Prix feeling satisfied with the results Red Bull achieved but feels he was denied a podium due to a lack of straight line speed from his Renault engine.
The Russian driver appeared to have produced a measured performance and with both Ferrari cars crashing out he looked set for his first rostrum appearance since Budapest. However, an ill-timed safety car intervention brought Williams' Valtteri Bottas directly behind him.
With his Renault engine badly down on outright speed on the long home straight he was unable to stop the Mercedes-powered Bottas from charging through at the race restart and take third place off him.
Kvyat didn't hide his disappointment at his frustrating finish but felt Red Bull can be happy overall with its performance in Mexico.
“I am a bit disappointed, it is shame, it seemed like we had it under control but then under the safety car restart I thought it was going to be not easy on the home straight and in fact it was very bad,” Kvyat said. “We got beaten by Williams quite easily. It was a good weekend, good solid points. Good racing and good controlled laps and I am happy about how it all went.
“The whole race was very solid, I am very happy with how all 71 laps went, it was a very pushing race. Obviously shame about not getting on the podium I thought we had it but it is racing and you have to accept it. There was nothing I could do in the straight line speed.”
Kvyat also reiterates his belief in the Red Bull team despite its ongoing crisis having not secured a power unit supplier for 2016. The Russian driver is confident the issue can be resolved and the team can return to its former glories.
“We can be champions if we get back on the path,” he said. “I believe in this team and I believe us and our ambition. We have been very strong this weekend at this track, it suited us quite well in the second and third sectors, but we just need to get the straight line speed.”