Kvyat follows up debut points run with encore in Malaysia

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Russian rookie Daniil Kvyat of Scuderia Toro Rosso is two-for-two in points scoring appearances in his first two Grands Prix.

“It’s good to finish in the top ten for a second time in a row now. This afternoon’s race was very difficult and intense with a lot of fighting,” said the 19-year-old. “The first two stints were hard when I was fighting the Williams and McLaren in the early stages, but they were faster than me on the straight. I was quite happy with the final stint and having managed to defend my position.”

The quick growth for Kvyat will see him advance from a track he never raced at before (Melbourne) to one where he has (Sepang) and now one where he’s tested with this car (Bahrain).

“Overall it was a good weekend and I hope we continue to improve like this as the car definitely has potential,” he said. “So I’m looking forward to going straight to Bahrain to race again in a week’s time. It will be interesting to be on a track where we have actually tested with this car.”

A potential third straight Malaysian GP points appearance for teammate Jean-Eric Vergne ended with power unit issues, but the Frenchman rued a missed opportunity.

“I think I had a great start today but very soon I felt some problems with the car,” said “JEV.” “I lost power in the car and I just saw everybody overtaking me. Then I found myself in a sandwich between a Caterham and (Jules) Bianchi and maybe I was a bit too ambitious to think I could try and pass the two cars. It was just not possible and this resulted in the collision, which damaged my front wing.

“At this point I knew that my race was compromised, so I was hoping for some rain and maybe a safety car to change the cards on the table and re-join the pack. But then I continued to suffer with the car and my race was over. It’s really a shame, as this was a race in which we could have been strong and achieve a good result.”

Ahead of Bahrain next weekend, the team looks to match up with one of its best ever qualifying results, a sixth achieved by ex-STR driver Daniel Ricciardo in 2012.

Verstappen doesn’t want F1 season to end after recent run of form

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Max Verstappen says he is not ready for the 2017 Formula 1 season to come to an end after enjoying a run of strong form through the closing stages of the campaign.

Verstappen endured a rocky run of form through to the end of the European season that saw him suffer a number of reliability issues and score just a single podium finish, taking third in China back in April.

However, the Dutchman has rallied to score more points than any other driver in the last five races, including victories in Malaysia and Mexico, as well as a podium finish in Japan.

Verstappen heads into next weekend’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix chasing a third win of the year to sign off, but joked he does not want the season to end just as he’s got into a good groove.

“We will, of course, try and end the season with a strong result in Abu Dhabi,” Verstappen said. “Last year was actually quite a good race after skipping a pit stop following a spin at Turn 1, it was hard to manage the tires to the end of the race but we did it and finished fourth.

“I would say that my favorite part of the track is at Turns 2 and 3, the fast left, right. It’s also very cool driving underneath the hotel and racing in the darkness with all the lights.

“The final sector at Yas Marina is actually quite technical so you have to be really precise there, but it should also be our strongest part of the track.

“There are quite a few overtaking opportunities to make the race interesting, before the long straight at the hairpin and then at the end of the straight under braking for the next chicane section.

“Abu Dhabi is the last race on the calendar, but I don’t actually want the season to end. I’m really fired up at the moment and I just want to keep going.

“The nice thing will be to spend some time with friends and family over the winter break and then I will look ahead to January and get back into training before it all starts again.”