Daniil Kvyat is unsure why he lacked the pace to make it past the first stage of qualifying for the Bahrain Grand Prix on Saturday as his difficult start to life with Red Bull continued.
Entering his sophomore year as four-time world champion Sebastian Vettel’s replacement, Kvyat’s efforts have been hindered by a number of problems with the RB11 car, leaving him with just two points to his name from the first three races.
In the final practice session at the Bahrain International Circuit, Kvyat spun off due to a problem with his car, and was eliminated in the first stage of qualifying later in the day. He will start tomorrow’s race from 17th place on the grid.
“I’m not sure what was going on, it was a strange session for me,” Kvyat said. “The team will investigate why I am so far down the order so we can understand.
“Everything can turn around very quickly. I’ll stay motivated and try my best.”
His teammate, Daniel Ricciardo, ran well to qualify seventh behind the Mercedes, Ferrari and Williams drivers on Saturday.
“It was pretty good today, I think seventh is respectable for where we are, so we’re looking alright for tomorrow,” Ricciardo said.
“I was really happy with my first sector, it felt strong, I lost a little in the second sector, but in general I’m happy with how qualy went.
“The start is going to be important and I believe we can have a good one. It’s important to stay with the Williams and within DRS and striking range.”
The Bahrain Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 10:30am ET on Sunday.