Red Bull Racing boss Christian Horner says that Daniil Kvyat's drive from 17th to ninth place in Bahrain will serve as a big confidence boost for the under-pressure Russian.
Kvyat, who was promoted to Red Bull’s senior team in only his second season of F1 at the age of 20, was knocked out in Q1 at Sakhir as teammate Daniel Ricciardo went on to qualify seventh.
Although Kvyat earned the same result in Malaysia, this time he has to fight his way up from 17th after a troubled qualifying session.
“I think both drivers got everything they could out of it,” Horner told Motorsport.com. “The recovery Daniil had from 17th was pretty good really.
“He drove a good race in Malaysia, but he's had the lion's share of bad luck. If anything's gone wrong it's tended to happen with him.
“It's good for his confidence, a race like that. He just needs a clean weekend really, and the potential's there. Then you'll see him just get stronger and stronger.”