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Kvyat: I could have won US GP on wet track

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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.

Indy Lights: Askew clinches 2019 title while VeeKay wins Laguna Seca race 1

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MONTEREY, Calif – Rinus VeeKay may have won the first race of the weekend’s Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca Saturday afternoon, but all all eyes post-race were all on the driver who finished the race in the fourth position.

That driver was Oliver Askew, who by simply starting the 30-lap event at the famed road course won the 2019 series title, along with the 2020 NTT IndyCar Series scholarship that guarantees a minimum of three races next season.

“It’s all sinking in,” Askew told NBC Sports following the race. “I’m really happy to be part of this team. They’re back to back champions now in Indy Lights, and I feel very fortunate to be driving in this car this year.

“This is what we worked for all year. I’m very happy to be in this position and I can’t wait to celebrate with my team.”

With the championship in Askew’s possession from the get-go, the best VeeKay could do for in race 1 was to win in dominant fashion. He went on to do just so.

After starting the race from the pole position, VeeKay led every lap from start to finish en route to his fifth victory of the season.

“We managed the car well and kept the car consistent throughout the whole race,” VeeKay said. “I got a great car from the team so I want to give a big shout out to them for giving me a winning car.”

Behind VeeKay, Portland race 2 winner Toby Sowery finished the race in the second position, while Robert Megennis finished third.

Live streaming coverage of race two of the Indy Lights doubleheader at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca begins tomorrow afternoon at 12:10 p.m. ET on NBC Sports Gold.

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