Daniil Kvyat has admitted he doesn't remember the last time he had a 'good feeling with a car' as his dismal 2016 Formula 1 season hit another dip during qualifying for the German Grand Prix.
The Russian racer has struggled for consistent form since re-joining the Toro Rosso outfit earlier this year – as part of a swap with Red Bull bound Max Verstappen –, with team-mate Carlos Sainz having now out-qualified him 6-2.
The disparate fortunes have continued into Germany this weekend as Kvyat failed to make it past Q1, leaving him a lowly 19th on the grid and facing more question marks about his future within the Red Bull fold having scored just two points to Sainz's 26 since Spain.
Heading into the summer break, though Kvyat remains certain he can turn his fortunes around, he admits he is at a loss to understand why it isn't currently clicking.
“It was a very bad lap with many mistakes," he said. "I was expecting to be out of Q1. I don't know what I need, I don't know.
"I just need the feeling in the car. When it comes back it will be much better, so yeah, I can't remember the last time I had a good feeling with a car so I don't know what's going on. It seems like my working window is very narrow.”
“I don't feel great, it's not a great period for me. It seems like it's never ending up, I'm trying every weekend so much but nothing is working so far, so it needs to be more than that.”
“We found some good things yesterday but I'm not sure if this is playing a little bit against us, it was a bit of a too relaxed day. I don't know but when it came to qualifying it didn't feel a very good feeling connection with the car and I didn't have the connection.”
Though he has dismissed the speculation regarding his future within Red Bull, it is known his position is seemingly under threat from current GP2 Series leader Pierre Gasly.