Daniil Kvyat says that he will take little pleasure in beating Red Bull Racing team-mate Daniel Ricciardo to seventh in the overall F1 standings after an inconsistent 2015 season.
The Russian, who moved over from sister team Toro Rosso to replace the Ferrari-bound Sebastian Vettel this season, managed to do what Ricciardo had achieved the previous year by beating his more experienced colleague, but insists that, even with the Australian as his only real marker in a campaign dogged by engine problems and lack of parity with the Mercedes and Ferrari cars, there was little joy to be had from coming out on top.
“Yes, I'm pleased with that but I was just trying to do my best every race to be honest and, from that point of view, I'm not so happy as there were too many ups and downs,” he pointed out.
Kvyat eventually beat Ricciardo by just three points after the Australian claimed sixth on the road at Yas Marina and the Russian limped to a hobbled tenth. A maiden podium in Hungary remains Kvyat's best performance of the season, but there were too many DNFs and lowly finishes for the youngster's liking, and he now turns his attention to 2016.
“It was good that we managed to finish and I was happy with my pace in the first half of the race,” he said of the final round, “Up until about midway, it looked as though we could have had a really strong race, as I was controlling [Felipe] Massa and attacking [Nico] Hulkenberg, but then we had electronic issues and we had to give up the fight as we were losing a lot of time on the straight. Almost every lap we had to do something about our electronic issues so, under the circumstances, we did absolutely the best job we could and I'm happy about that.
“Our focus from now is 2016 and, if we can make some steps forward over the winter, we will be happy.”
After much wrangling and doubt, Red Bull is expected to announce its 2016 engine partner 'in the next few days' as it seeks clarity on its future.