Daniil Kvyat says his running on the second and final day of the post-Spanish Grand Prix test was 'crucial' as he looks to adapt to the Toro Rosso and get ready for Monaco.
Kvyat found himself demoted to Red Bull's B team ahead of the fifth round in the Championship, and while he did score in Barcelona on Sunday, snatching tenth place late on, he conceded he was far from 100 per cent comfortable
with the STR11.
The test this week then was perfectly timed, with the Russian completing over 100 tours on Wednesday, his best lap, a 1m 24.737s, leaving him sixth on the timesheets.
“Today was very useful, we managed to do many important laps today - 116 I guess, my longest day in F1. I'm pretty happy about how it went, a lot of information, a lot of things I tried which hopefully we will be able to put on the car for Monaco next week and will work. So a very productive day for myself and the team,” he said.
Pressed on how useful the mileage was in terms of getting to grips with the car and improving his confidence, he added: “It was quite crucial. Obviously the more laps I can get in this new [for me] car the more laps I can get familiar with it. Obviously I got more familiarisation, I did some things to suit my driving style a bit better, so I think it was a good combination all together. Very important.”
“Obviously here and Monaco are very different tracks,” he continued. “But let's see, it will be a perfect opportunity because Monaco is a confidence track so it will be important to see how much confidence I have in the car. Usually I've been good there so should be OK this time too.”
Meanwhile, Kvyat said the issue late on with the car was not significant: “I don't know [precisely what the issue was], the team is still trying to work out exactly what happened. Something inside on the back part, we don't know exactly what happened. We'll know tomorrow. [But] I think it was precautionary.
"We just lost a bit of power so we said it is better to stop and investigate rather than trying to push it, so we decided it was best to do it that way.”