In Bahrain, Daniil Kvyat reached the qualifying remaining for the second time this season, the place he confirmed tenth time. The AlphaTauri racer commented on the outcomes of the session and answered questions on his plans for 2021.
Q: That is your first time qualifying for the ultimate in Bahrain. What has modified this 12 months?
Daniil Kvyat: Sure it is true. It is simply insane! I thought of this once I was first requested about this statistic. It is really nice that we managed to achieve the ultimate.
I imagine that I certified at a aggressive degree – even regardless of the crimson flags, I managed to go effectively. The circle within the second session was excellent. Maybe within the remaining we selected a barely aggressive setting for the rear of the automotive, as a result of we thought it could face up to them, however no – within the decisive try I had a number of disagreeable moments. Ideally, you might go a number of tenths quicker.
Query Earlier than Saturday, you modified your engine. How huge is the distinction between the motors?
Daniil Kvyat: I do not understand how huge the distinction is, however in fact it is higher when you might have a contemporary engine in qualifying and within the race. In any case, we might not set up it if we weren’t certain that it’s efficient sufficient.
Query: Within the first half, there was very heavy site visitors on the freeway. The observe might be even shorter subsequent week. How a lot will this issue complicate the duty?
Daniil Kvyat: Sure, there was lots of site visitors within the first session, however this image is typical for many tracks. I do not know what the size of the configuration we might be racing subsequent week is. Clearly, will probably be tight and it’ll change into a severe issue within the first session. We’ll see, however proper now I do not know what to anticipate. To start with, we’ve got to carry tomorrow’s race – I simply didn’t have the chance to consider the subsequent stage.
Query subsequent 12 months you may get the place of reserve pilot for Crimson Bull Racing and AlphaTauri?
Daniil Kvyat: I dont know. I’ve not thought of it but, in addition to about different comparable issues. Let’s examine what choices might be after the tip of the season. I’ll assessment them and select the one which fits me finest. There isn’t a level in enthusiastic about such issues now. After all, now I’m not giving up on something.
Q: Have you ever mentioned your future with any Components 1 groups?
Daniil Kvyat: Individuals periodically name me. There may be lots of curiosity in me from totally different locations. I do know proper now that I can select what to do subsequent 12 months anyway. Earlier I mentioned that my collaboration with Toro Rosso / AlphaTauri meant performances in 2019 and 2020. That is all, and we’ll see what occurs subsequent. I already defined this on the press convention.
Whatever the choice of different folks, after the Grand Prix of Abu Dhabi, I’ll resolve what to do with my life and my profession, so we’ll see. I don’t know what’s going to occur subsequent. Clearly, there’s curiosity in me, I obtain calls – and that is good. It is all the time nice when you might have fascinating choices. Having choices by no means hurts.
I talk with folks, my supervisor Nicolas Todt additionally retains in contact, so there could also be fascinating choices sooner or later. As I mentioned, I’m open to many options and I’ve no explicit desire in the intervening time. I’m centered on the remaining races.
Q: Do you might have any plans to skip subsequent 12 months?
Daniil Kvyat: No, I did not say that. I mentioned that I’ve choices, and one in every of them is to spend the subsequent 12 months on trip, to do one thing else. Simply take pleasure in different issues that weren’t obtainable to me in Components 1. As I mentioned, I’ve many choices, however I have no idea what precisely I’ll do.
Q: Would you prefer to attempt your hand at Dakar to take care of your racing abilities?
Daniil Kvyat: As I mentioned, I’m open to every part. I’m assured that I might be aggressive in any automobile. I am not giving up on something.
By way of talent upkeep, in 2018 I hardly received behind the wheel. On the finish of the 12 months, I took half within the assessments in Abu Dhabi, drove 160 laps and was instantly aggressive. It doesn’t trouble me.
Q: Have you ever beforehand raced on gravel tracks?
Daniil Kvyat: For a number of days I’ve been testing Group B rally automobiles on snow in Finland. I actually appreciated it – it was nice. That is very totally different from every part else – very cool.