Daniil Kvyat has set his sights on a trouble-free weekend at the Malaysian Grand Prix after failing to start last Sunday’s F1 season-opener in Australia due to a gearbox problem.
The race in Melbourne was meant to mark Kvyat’s debut for Red Bull, having joined the team for his sophomore season as a replacement for four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel.
However, the Russian ground to a halt on his installation lap, forcing him to miss the race completely and record the first DNS of his F1 career.
“I think the first weekend was challenging, but we learnt many things,” Kvyat said. “Also for me adapting to a new team was crucial.
“Of course, the race wasn’t as I would’ve liked but it happened this way and now I’m just looking forward to the challenges ahead.”
Kvyat is pleased that the Malaysian Grand Prix has come around so quickly, taking place next Sunday at the Sepang International Circuit.
“It’s good Malaysia is so soon,” Kvyat said. “After Australia, I wanted to leave the weekend behind me as soon as possible and start focusing on Malaysia. We have good potential which we will be looking to use and hope to extract.”
Red Bull’s Paul Monaghan has also confirmed the cause of Kvyat’s stoppage in Melbourne, and has pledged to work to ensure that there is no repeat of the problem.
“After investigating post-race, we found that the reason Daniil’s gearbox overheated and was unable to select a gear on the way to the grid was due to a lack of oil pressure,” Monaghan said.
“As a factory we have been working hard to make sure it doesn’t happen again. Last year the progress we made from the third test to the first race was significant and one of our strengths is our development rate.
“We have the best team in place to repeat our success and we are working as hard as we can to improve as much as possible ahead of Malaysia.”