Kvyat: "It was a very interesting race and really good fun today. I had a lot of overtaking opportunities and the car performed well. The strategy from the team to keep me out during the virtual safety car was good, and we were able to have a strong last stint. The team did a good job and we scored some solid points."
Daniil Kvyat's route to F1 and to the Team was in some way trickier than most. For a start, he hails from a part of the world – Bashkortostan in Russia – where motor racing isn't exactly the top sporting pursuit and where most kids' sporting interests lie with ice hockey. So who is our number 26? This is Daniil.
For anyone curious about how a driver gets to the top of the F1 tree, it's certainly a more structured path than that seen in many sports. With hindsight it's easy to dismiss the markers. Daniel, after all, has demonstrated his ability in the most emphatic style over the last 12 months – but many are called and very few are chosen.
Kvyat: “I am very happy with the results; it was a fantastic turn around in what was such an eventful race. During the first stint, I thought my race was over because of the vibrations from the flat spot. But the car was really competitive during the last stint and we were able to finish very strongly."