Daniil Kvyat says he has had no trouble settling back into Scuderia Toro Rosso, remarking that the team and its boss Franz Tost have been 'mega supportive'.

The Russian was demoted to the Red Bull 'B' team ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix as part of a driver shuffle by the company that would also see Max Verstappen head the other way and join Red Bull Racing.

Though Kvyat received much of the pre-race attention in the wake of the shock change, Verstappen's stunning win in Barcelona has been seen as a vindication for the move after just four races.

Regardless, Kvyat says he is feeling happy to be back within the Toro Rosso fold he made his F1 debut with in 2014, the two-time podium winner - who finished in tenth position for his return race in Spain - saying he has had nothing but support from team management and members.

"He [Franz] was supportive with me since the news came out. I have to thank the team because they've been mega supportive and mega welcoming. It's quite good because I see everyone is trying to help me to understand the car as fast as possible because it's especially important when you join in the middle of the season.

Reflecting on the media storm during the pre-event press conference, where he was sat alongside Verstappen, though Kvyat was praised for his handling of the intense questioning, he says he was simply happy to be the centre of attention.

"To be honest it was finally not a really boring press conference so at least I had something to say. Sometimes I'm not asked something. Of course I was understanding it was a press conference where everyone wanted answers. I maybe thought about it more maybe than usual. But to be honest it's not difficult.

"We have to talk, it's part of our job. The most difficult is always on track and that should be the main focus. If the press conference becomes the hardest part of your weekend you're in the wrong profession."



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