Daniil Kvyat made no secret of his frustration after qualifying a lowly 19th for the German Grand Prix on Saturday, continuing his disappointing run of form.
Since being demoted to a seat at Toro Rosso from parent team Red Bull for the Spanish Grand Prix, Kvyat has scored just two points, struggling to match the pace of teammate Carlos Sainz Jr.
Kvyat’s return to Toro Rosso was facilitated following two crashes in the Russian Grand Prix, leading to questions about how he was handling the pressure of racing for Red Bull.
Kvyat cast a despondent figure after qualifying, having asked his team over the radio after the session: “What the f*** is going on?”, venting his frustration.
“Little bit of a crazy lap, with many mistakes,” Kvyat said of his qualifying lap.
”I don’t feel great. It’s not a good period for me and it seems like it’s never-ending now. I’m trying every weekend, but nothing is working so far.
“It’s not like I’m having the most pleasant time in the world, it’s not easy but it’s not an excuse.”
Kvyat told TV reporters after the session that he needed to go away and refocus over the summer break following Hockenheim, but said that his real issue lies with the STR11 car.
“I don’t know what I need, I don’t know. I just need that feeling from the car. If it comes back I should be much better,” Kvyat said.
“I don’t know what’s going on. It seems like my window of working is very narrow, I need to work on expanding it, but it’s not easy.
“I feel like solutions are not far away, even if it looks really bad on paper. We had a good Friday yesterday for the first time in a while.
“Tomorrow is the race, we need to try to fight our way back. The pace was not bad on Friday in the long runs.
“I have not much to lose anyway, so I’ll just try to go for it tomorrow.”
Kvyat’s future with Toro Rosso looks increasingly uncertain after the recent upturn in form of Red Bull junior driver Pierre Gasly.
Toro Rosso team principal Franz Tost previously said he wanted to keep Kvyat for 2017, but with Gasly winning two GP2 races in the past three weeks and completing a tire test for Red Bull, he looks more and more likely to become Sainz’s teammate next season.