Kvyat: It would have sucked if we hadn’t scored points after Sainz battle

Montreal, Canada

Canadian Grand Prix – Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat says that his race on Sunday ‘would have sucked’ if he hadn’t managed to rescue a points finish by the end.

After Alex Albon’s race was effectively ended on Lap 1 after picking up damage from a touch with the Alfa Romeo of Antonio Giovinazzi, the other Toro Rosso of Daniil Kvyat managed to salvage a point after a strong finish.

Enjoying an early race battle with Racing Point’s Sergio Perez, Kvyat pitted on Lap 12 to ditch his Mediums and swap to the Hard tyre to get to the end. Despite the lengthy stint, he held onto his tyre life well and managed to join in a late race battle with the other Racing Point of Lance Stroll and McLaren’s Carlos Sainz. When Stroll wrong-footed Sainz into the final chicane, Kvyat seized the opportunity to sneak up the inside into Turn 1 and stole the final point away.

“It was a cool race!” said Kvyat afterwards. “I really didn’t want to finish P11, it would have sucked if we didn’t get any points today. It was a good fight with Carlos at the end, I like having battles with him on track as it’s always on the limit, and it was nice to get the overtake done.”

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“I think we got pretty much everything we could out of the car today, so I’m very happy with how the race went. Now we’ll continue to work hard to score more points in the next races.”

Team boss Franz Tost praised his driver’s result, saying: “Daniil had a fantastic race and defended his position very well against Perez at the start, and towards the end of the race, he was able to increase his performance which enabled him to pass others and score a point.”

“I think this was the maximum we were able to achieve here, so we have to analyse all the data and figure out where we were losing here in Canada compared to others, to come back in the upcoming races with a stronger performance and get both cars finishing in the points.”

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