Ahead of the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday, local driver Daniil Kvyat expressed his satisfaction with his 8th place position in the qualifying rounds.
Despite easing passed the first two rounds, the Russian failed to heat up his tyres in Q3, which forced him to put a hot lap in on compounds that were not suitable for a flyer.
"It was the best possible from our side and it was a very good qualifying," Kvyat explained.
"(Daniel) Ricciardo had his warm-up lap and I didn't. I didn’t have time to do my lap in Q3 on the last run so I had to start the lap on cold tyres which wasn’t ideal but in the end we just ran out of time.
"But it's okay, I still think it was a good lap, and it is good to know that we still have something in our pocket and still did a good job with the tools that we had in our hands.
"It was very hard to work on the tyres, especially on our car, but otherwise I was quite happy. Good laps, good performances, good positions, so I'm happy with what I did and what we did."
Adding to the drama of Saturday's proceedings, Kvyat offered an apology to Toro Rosso driver Carlos Sainz, who blamed him for ruining his run in Q2.
"If I did, I am very sorry but I didn't see him at any point in my mirrors during the qualifying session so I really don't know," the 22-year-old explained.
"I usually pay a lot of attention to other drivers and really dislike it when drivers block other drivers so I think we should respect each other, but I haven’t seen him in my mirrors at all so I don't know what he is talking about.
"When I am racing, I am not distracted by everything around me anywhere and that’s why I love racing so much. To be able to do my job to maximum efficiency, it's just me, myself and I."
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