Kvyat: Changes to improve steering feel have boosted form

Daniil Kvyat says changes made at AlphaTauri to improve his feel through the steering have been key to a recent uplift in form.

Kvyat: Changes to improve steering feel have boosted form
Listen to this article

The Russian struggled to fully feel at ease with his AT01 in the early part of the season, and only scored two points in the first six races.

However, a big push from his team to make changes from the Belgian Grand Prix helped improve the feedback Kvyat got from the steering, and immediately made him much more comfortable.

He has scored several top 10 finishes since, and recently recorded his best finish of the season with fourth place at the Emilia Romagna Grand Prix.

Speaking about how his season had panned out, Kvyat praised the way AlphaTauri reacted to his situation, and feels he is finally now able to show what he is capable of delivering.

"When I started the season I wasn't entirely in sync with the car, and I had a not-so-great feeling with the steering wheel," he told Motorsport.com.

"So we had to change a few things on the car around that area for me to gain as much feeling as possible.

"It meant we had to give up some things, and also it meant that we had to learn some features of the car again, because we changed things for me to have a better feeling.

"But from there on, I think things started to go in a lot better way. Of course, we had to understand things again, with the setup and things like that, but I had better feeling in the car. It was more consistent.

"I was able to deliver laps, even in Spa immediately in qualifying. Things went a lot better and I was much happier I would say from that point."

Read Also:

Kvyat did not wish to reveal the exact specifics of what AlphaTauri changed to help him, but said they were many elements that needed looking at to help him.

"It's a bit of everything you know," he said. "I can't go into much detail but there are things that you can do to improve this feeling. For example, it can be the power steering, but there are other things too.

"And we took a bit of gamble in a way. During the season, sometimes it's not a simple thing to change and it can be risky, because if you go even worse than you're really in a bad place. But luckily, things have improved."

Kvyat says that the importance of having a car that a driver feels comfortable in should not be under-estimated in F1, as he says the transformation AlphaTauri has helped him deliver has been welcomed.

"Things have been much closer and more competitive against Pierre [Gasly]," added Kvyat.

"I felt like Pierre was really comfortable in the car since the beginning of the season whereas I wasn't. He was doing an amazing job of course, it takes a lot, but sometimes it is a case that you jump in a car and it immediately suits you.

"Sometimes though you jump in it, and you say, 'okay, this doesn't suit me, so we have some work to do'. That was the case this year.

"But I'm very happy how me, and my side of the guys, reacted and developed it in the end."

shares
comments

Related video

F1 video game developer Codemasters in $973m buyout offer
Previous article

F1 video game developer Codemasters in $973m buyout offer

Next article

How Russell found himself at the centre of F1's silly season

How Russell found himself at the centre of F1's silly season
How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future Prime

How departing F1 boss Brawn views F1’s new rules - and the future

Multiple-title-winning designer and team boss Ross Brawn is finally leaving Formula 1 after nearly 50 years in motorsport. But he still has plenty of insights on what’s working and what comes next, as he revealed to Motorsport.com in a far-reaching exclusive interview in Abu Dhabi.

Formula 1
Dec 2, 2022
The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat Prime

The key F1 management call Ferrari must make to avoid more defeat

OPINION: Mattia Binotto’s departure from Ferrari will naturally bring a range of changes across the Formula 1 team. But how the changes shape up and the impact they could have is set to be dictated by a key direction Ferrari’s top dogs will need to pick

Formula 1
Nov 30, 2022
The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants Prime

The difference between Mercedes’ stumble and the fall of F1 giants

OPINION: Mercedes endured its worst season of the hybrid Formula 1 era, but was mercifully spared its first winless campaign in over a decade late on. It has owned up to the mistakes it made which led to its troubled W13. And while its task to return to title-challenging contention is not small, its 2022 season seems more like a blip than the beginning of a downward spiral.

Formula 1
Nov 29, 2022
The physical focus bringing out the best from Esteban Ocon Prime

The physical focus bringing out the best from Esteban Ocon

Esteban Ocon likes to point out he’s the first driver since Lewis Hamilton to emerge from a spell as Fernando Alonso’s teammate with a superior overall points record. While some may disagree, as LUKE SMITH discovered, the 2021 Hungarian GP winner reckons it’s not just luck which has made him France’s pre-eminent Formula 1 driver of the moment…

Formula 1
Nov 28, 2022
How Red Bull's dynamic leader Mateschitz shaped its F1 philosophy Prime

How Red Bull's dynamic leader Mateschitz shaped its F1 philosophy

The death of Dietrich Mateschitz last month has not only deprived Red Bull of its visionary founder, it has shorn Formula 1 of one of its most influential benefactors. Mateschitz himself was famously media-shy, preferring to let the brand do the talking on his behalf. And, while it’s now normal to speak of Red Bull F1 titles and champions made, Mateschitz never assumed it would be easy or even possible – as ANTHONY ROWLINSON discovered during this previously unpublished interview from 2006…

Formula 1
Nov 27, 2022
Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom? Prime

Can Mercedes break Formula 1's cycle of doom?

OPINION: Teams that have dominated for long periods throughout Formula 1's history often take years to get back to the top of the tree once they've slipped down. But it remains to be seen whether the same will happen to Mercedes after a challenging 2022 season

Formula 1
Nov 24, 2022
What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi Prime

What hurt Perez most in his ill-fated fight for second in Abu Dhabi

Arguably the favourite in the battle to finish second-best in 2022's Formula 1 standings, Sergio Perez's two-stop strategy at Abu Dhabi couldn't take him ahead of Charles Leclerc when the music stopped - and several key factors ultimately precluded him from the much-coveted runner-up spot.

Formula 1
Nov 23, 2022
The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success Prime

The Abu Dhabi momentum that can propel Leclerc and Ferrari to F1 2023 success

OPINION: Charles Leclerc achieved his target of sealing runner-up in the 2022 world championship with a masterful drive behind Max Verstappen in Abu Dhabi. And that race contained key elements that may help him, and Ferrari, go one better in Formula 1 2023

Formula 1
Nov 22, 2022