Daniil Kvyat has recorded the best qualifying result of his Formula 1 career today in Russia, soaking up the support of his home crowd at the Sochi Autodrom.
Kvyat only made his debut at the beginning of the season, but is widely regarded as Russia’s leading talent in motorsport. He has already had a grandstand at the circuit named after him, and will step up to a seat at Red Bull next season as Sebastian Vettel’s replacement, proving how highly rated he is.
In qualifying on Saturday, Kvyat lived up to the hype, qualifying an excellent fifth for Toro Rosso ahead of some very big names.
“It feels great securing P5 in today’s qualifying here in my home country,” Kvyat said after the session. “It was already looking quite promising yesterday, so I’m very happy we could put it all together and achieve my best ever qualifying result today.
“The car felt very good and everything worked out well, so well done to the team. I will do my best in tomorrow’s race and I will definitely aim to finish the race at least in fifth position.”
In the sister Toro Rosso, Jean-Eric Vergne qualified down in 10th place and was disappointed with the result.
“I was extremely slow today and I don’t know why,” Vergne said. “I lost time everywhere around the track and I’m wondering if there was a problem somewhere, which did not allow me to get the best out of the car.”
Vergne appears to be on his way out of Toro Rosso at the end of the season, with Carlos Sainz Jr., Alex Lynn and Pierre Gasly all vying to replace him.
Even at the tender age of 20, Kvyat has already made a great impression in Formula 1, and will look to improve on his best finish of ninth in the race on Sunday.
You can watch the Russian Grand Prix live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 6:30am ET tomorrow.