Daniil Kvyat says he needs time to get comfortable in the Toro Rosso STR11 after he failed to make it through to Q3 for the Spanish Grand Prix.
His first qualifying outing since re-joining the Toro Rosso team from Red Bull Racing, Kvyat endured a more modest afternoon than the driver assuming his former seat - fourth place Max Verstappen – after ending the day 13th.
Blaming a lack of seat time for failing to match the pace of eighth place team-mate Carlos Sainz, the Russian insists he simply needs more time in the car to find his true form.
“The glass is half full because the pace is there and the car is there but Toro Rosso and I deserve some time together to learn,” he said. “Timed session like today can be costly but generally the pieces are there because generally the pace is there expect for a couple of tenths. Maybe having a second set of tyres that is where the couple of tenths would have come.
Labelling his first day in the Ferrari-powered STR11 as a 'write-off', Kvyat insists he is happy with the result and feels points are still on the cards come race day.
“Yesterday was a bit of a write off day so maybe today it was a new start but we learnt in FP3 and I was extremely happy with the car and the feeling was excellent. We dropped off a little bit in qualifying but still with that feeling not at 100 per cent we managed to deliver a good lap so with a bit of time we will deliver a good qualifying.
“I've got points from lower positions. It will be important to get through the race, the whole 66 laps, to see and understand how it is going. Every lap is a new experience for me so it is going to be quite crucial.”