Daniil Kvyat believes that he could have won Sunday’s United States Grand Prix had the track not dried out.
Kvyat qualified fourth at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas on Sunday morning, and challenged three-time world champion Lewis Hamilton for the lead of the race in the early stages.
However, as the track dried out, Kvyat’s Red Bull struggled to keep up its initial pace, causing the Russian driver to drop back through the field.
With 15 laps to go, Kvyat’s race came to an early end after he ran wide at the penultimate corner and crashed into the barrier.
Speaking after the race, Kvyat said that he enjoyed the early stages and felt his pace could have put him in good shape to win in Austin had conditions remained the same.
“The opening laps were mega, it was very enjoyable and it was nice fighting, but then the track dried out,” Kvyat said.
“If it was a wet race I felt it could have been a victory today. It’s easy to say that, but there’s no point really, because once it dried out we were an easy target for everyone, which was a bit frustrating.
“We weren’t able to be as competitive in the dry as in the wet so we’ll have to have a look at that. In the dry, I was driving a bit over my limit when I crashed, I put the wheels on the artificial grass, tried to carry a bit more speed but it didn’t work out and I’m disappointed with myself.”
Kvyat remains seventh in the drivers’ championship with three races remaining, currently leading teammate Daniel Ricciardo by two points.