Daniil Kvyat is refusing to get down about his future, saying if he doesn’t have an F1 seat for 2021 then “2022” could be a possibility.
The Russian driver is once again facing the axe by Red Bull, set to lose his AlphaTauri race seat to Yuki Tsunoda or Alex Albon if Red Bull decide to move him from the senior seat.
While his team-mate Pierre Gasly has been one of the stars of the 2020 season, winning the Italian Grand Prix, Kvyat’s best result has been his P4 at Imola.
That, though, may have come too late in the game to save his seat.
“I think it’s never really out of your hands,” he told the official F1 website.
“My philosophy is that it’s always important to keep pushing no matter what, but the better you do, the better are the chances, if not for 2021, then for 2022.
“It’s always best to do races like in Imola whenever you can.
“Of course I always try my best and in Imola, it just came very well together, also the car performed very well and that’s the aim, just to try and do as many good races as this one in Imola and things will be looking good anyway then.
“Some things are in my control, which is driving, and other things are a bit out of my control.”
— Scuderia AlphaTauri (@AlphaTauriF1) November 13, 2020
Kvyat finished Friday’s practice for the Turkish Grand Prix with the sixth fastest time, 0.2s up on his team-mate Pierre Gasly.
Struggling with the low grip that resulted in several slips and slides from just about all 20 drivers, Kvyat still reckons it was “quite cool”.
“I think we had a productive Friday,” he said, “we completed our programme and everything we wanted to do, we managed to have a decent day on a new track for us.
“It’s very particular and grip conditions were very poor today, but we’ve been learning and trying to understand what to do to make the car faster in these conditions.
“It’s my first time racing here and the track is quite cool, it’s just a shame about the grip levels. We will be working overnight to maximise the car’s performance for tomorrow.”