Home favorite Kvyat disappointed with 14th in Sochi

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Home favorite Daniil Kvyat has admitted that he feels disappointed after finishing in 14th place at the Russian Grand Prix today, some nine positions down on his qualifying position.

Toro Rosso appeared to be set for a great weekend after both of its drivers qualified inside the top ten at the Sochi Autodrom, only for both to fade in the race, eventually coming home in 13th and 14th, with Jean-Eric Vergne finishing as the lead driver.

Kvyat revealed after the race that the thirsty nature of the Toro Rosso car meant that saving fuel was crucial, sacrificing pace.

“It was a tough race,” Kvyat said. “Apart from the fact that I could not find immediately the right grip, we had to care too much about our fuel consumption compared to the others. This is something that we will have to understand, so as not to lose performance for this reason in the future.

“I also had to pit again towards the end of the race, losing even more positions. I would have liked to do much better here in Russia, in front of my own crowd, which really made me feel their great support.

‚ÄúRegardless of the disappointing final result, it was great to race in such an amazing structure, with an excellent organisation.”

Kvyat has enjoyed a solid if unspectacular debut season in Formula 1, but he has done enough to secure a drive at Red Bull Racing in 2015, where he will replace the outgoing Sebastian Vettel.

NBCSN will present ‘Race and Sports in America: Conversations’ Monday

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With motor racing reckoning with its own issues of diversity and equality, “Race and Sports in America: Conversations” will tackle the topics of social justice with several athletes. The show will air at 8 p.m. ET Monday, July 13 on NBCSN, Golf Channel, Olympic channel and on regional sports networks.

The roundtable discussions will be hosted by Damon Hack and feature Charles Barkley, Steph Curry, Jimmy Rollins and Ozzie Smith in one segment. The other segment will include Kyle Rudolph, Anthony Lynn, Troy Mullins and James Blake.

Race has been a major topic in motorsports this year.

NASCAR banned the Confederate flag at its race after lobbying by Bubba Wallace, the only Black driver in the premier Cup Series. In Formula One, six-time series champion Lewis Hamilton has joined Black Lives Matter marches in London and also formed a panel on diversity. The lone Black driver in F1 also led 14 of 20 drivers taking a knee before the season opener in Austria.