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.
“Regardless 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.
Webb and Tomac won the last four championships with two apiece in alternating years, but they were not one another’s primary rival for most of those seasons. On the average, however, the past four years show an incredible similarity with average points earned of 21.0 for Webb and 21.3 for Tomac. With five wins so far this season, Tomac (23 wins) leads Webb (19) in victories but Webb (43) edges Tomac (41) in podium finishes during this span.
Sexton still has a lot to say and after winning last week in Detroit, he is speaking up. The Supercross numbers are against him entering Seattle, however, because a points’ deficit this large after Round 10 has been erased only once. In 1983 David Bailey was 47 points behind Bob Hannah, and like Sexton he was also in third place. Bailey took the points’ lead with one race remaining.
The seven points Sexton was penalized last week for jumping in a red cross flag section in Detroit could prove extremely costly.
In fact, it has been a series of mistakes that has cost Sexton the most. In the last two weeks, he lost 10 points with a 10th-place finish to go with his penalty. Erase those, and all three riders hold their fate in their hands.
Plessinger’s heartbreak in Detroit is still fresh, but the upside of his run is that was his best of the season and could turn his fortunes around. Prior to that race, he led only seven laps in three mains. He was up front for 20 laps in Detroit with five of those being the fastest on the track.
Last week’s win by Hunter Lawrence tied him with his brother Jett Lawrence for 17th on the all-time wins’ list. With the focus shifting to 250 West for the next two rounds, Jett has a great opportunity to pull back ahead. The real test will be at the first East / West Showdown in East Rutherford, New Jersey on April 22.
Last Five Seattle Winners
450s 2022: Eli Tomac
2019: Marvin Musquin
2018: Eli Tomac
2017: Marvin Musquin
2014: Ryan Villopoto