Kvyat "pushed like an animal" to score in Australia

Toro Rosso returnee Daniil Kvyat said he "pushed like an animal" to recover from an error and score a point on his Formula 1 comeback in the Australian Grand Prix.

Kvyat "pushed like an animal" to score in Australia

In his first F1 race since the 2017 United States GP 17 months ago, Kvyat came from 15th on the grid to finish 10th.

He gained ground with a long first stint, then overcame a trip through the Turn 3 gravel while trying to overtake Lance Stroll's Racing Point before repassing Pierre Gasly's Red Bull on its out-lap.

"I tried," said Kvyat of the move on Stroll. "It was a late move. I was coming very fast, DRS open, late braking. I locked the inside wheel, and it was very frustrating.

"I thought 'oh, it might be that the race is lost', but then I went on.

"I still had a bit of gap behind. It was hard to stay cool, but then I pushed like an animal for the next few laps and I was on his back again in eight or nine laps."

Read Also:

Kvyat had previously resisted Gasly throughout the first stint, and then kept him at bay to the flag while joining Nico Hulkenberg's Renault, Kimi Raikkonen's Alfa Romeo and Stroll in a five-car battle for seventh.

"One of the most difficult points I've earned, I would say, but very satisfying at the same time because we kept a quicker car behind us a whole race," said Kvyat.

"So it's very encouraging for us as a team. We were catching a lot the teams ahead of us too.

"I tried to overtake, but it proved to be very difficult here. But at least I tried. I wouldn't be happy with myself if I wouldn't."

Gasly ran 11 laps longer than Kvyat before pitting and benefited from clear air in that time plus the Toro Rosso's trip off the road.

But Gasly was still only just in front of Kvyat when he rejoined after pitting and the Toro Rosso made a move stick on the Red Bull's out-lap.

"When he went out of box, I thought 'ah, I need to try to make a move', but when I saw when I overtook him, that he was on reds, I thought he might get back at me," said Kvyat, who was on medium tyres for the final stint.

"But I just had to close the door a couple of laps, and than he was in my dirty air, and I was able to always have those 5-10 metres of breathing space every lap.

"It was important not to make any mistakes from my side, because he had a big pace advantage.

"And I managed to keep him behind. It is very nice. It gives us a good confidence for the whole team, that we can keep this kind of car behind us.

"From lap one he was just on my tail, and on lap 58 he was still behind. So it's very good."

Asked if he had treated Gasly any differently when overtaking because of Toro Rosso and Red Bull's relationship, Kvyat replied: "I obviously left him space. But I would leave the space to anyone there, you can't just close the door."

shares
comments
F1's fastest lap bonus: A much-needed addition?

Previous article

F1's fastest lap bonus: A much-needed addition?

Next article

Ricciardo "50-50" on future Bathurst 1000 start

Ricciardo "50-50" on future Bathurst 1000 start
Load comments
Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence Prime

Why McLaren's expanding agenda will benefit its F1 resurgence

In the 1960s and 1970s, McLaren juggled works entries in F1, sportscars and the Indy 500 while building cars for F3 and F2. Now it’s returning to its roots, expanding into IndyCars and Extreme E while continuing its F1 renaissance. There’s talk of Formula E and WEC entries too. But is this all too much, too soon? Stuart Codling talks to the man in charge.

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential Prime

How Tsunoda plans to achieve his F1 potential

Yuki Tsunoda arrived in grand prix racing amid a whirlwind of hype, which only increased after his first race impressed the biggest wigs in Formula 1. His road since has been rocky and crash-filled, and OLEG KARPOV asks why Red Bull maintains faith in a driver who admits he isn’t really that big a fan of F1?

Formula 1
Oct 15, 2021
The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages Prime

The danger of reading too much into F1's clickbait radio messages

OPINION: After Lewis Hamilton responded to reports labelling him 'furious' with Mercedes following his heated exchanges over team radio during the Russian Grand Prix, it provided a snapshot on how Formula 1 broadcasting radio snippets can both illuminate and misrepresent the true situation

Formula 1
Oct 14, 2021
How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers Prime

How F1’s pole winner approach undermines drivers

OPINION: Valtteri Bottas is credited with pole position for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, despite being beaten in qualifying. This is another example of Formula 1 and the FIA scoring an own goal by forgetting what makes motorsport magic, with the Istanbul race winner also a victim of this in the championship’s recent history

Formula 1
Oct 13, 2021
Turkish Grand Prix driver ratings Prime

Turkish Grand Prix driver ratings

On a day that the number two Mercedes enjoyed a rare day in the sun, the Turkish Grand Prix produced several standout drives - not least from a driver who has hit a purple patch of late

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for Turkey glory Prime

The hidden factors that thwarted Hamilton's bid for Turkey glory

Starting 11th after his engine change grid penalty, Lewis Hamilton faced a tough task to repeat his Turkish Grand Prix heroics of 2020 - despite making strong early progress in the wet. Instead, his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas broke through for a first win of the year to mitigate Max Verstappen re-taking the points lead

Formula 1
Oct 11, 2021
How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form Prime

How pitstops evolved into an F1 art form

A Formula 1 pitstop is a rapid-fire blend of high technology and human performance. PAT SYMONDS describes how the science of margin gains makes stops so quick

Formula 1
Oct 10, 2021
Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems Prime

Why Mercedes' Istanbul edge is both stronger and weaker than it seems

Mercedes and Lewis Hamilton dominated the opening day of action for the 2021 Turkish Grand Prix, on the Istanbul circuit’s much improved track surface. But the Black Arrows squad’s position isn’t quite what it seems. Here’s why...

Formula 1
Oct 8, 2021