Daniil Kvyat made no secret of his delight after ending a barren run of form by finishing Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix in ninth place for Toro Rosso.
Kvyat entered the Singapore weekend chasing his first points since the British Grand Prix after a barren run of form that saw him struggle mentally with his demotion from a Red Bull seat.
Kvyat spent much of the summer switched off from racing, and the effect was clear in Singapore as he qualified an excellent seventh on Saturday.
The Russian remained high up the order early on and even won a wheel-to-wheel battle with the man who replaced him at Red Bull, Max Verstappen.
However, a dud strategy call meant Kvyat could not stay ahead of his rival, ultimately finishing the race ninth.
“Yeah [it] probably killed our race,” Kvyat told NBCSN.
“We thought we’d get ahead of Alonso with clever strategy. But we didn’t do something clever today.
“We were behind Perez, and the engine and straight line [speed] is more than enough to hurt us.”
The result marked Kvyat’s best finish since his podium for Red Bull at the Chinese Grand Prix in April, but more importantly, he has rediscovered his love for racing.
“I enjoyed it a lot,” Kvyat said.
“This racing… this month was a big test for my passion. I love it again. Pushing to the very last centimeter.
“I left my soul on the track.”