Kvyat: I became a better driver in 2019

Jamie Woodhouse
Daniil Kvyat believes he became a "better driver" in 2019.

Daniil Kvyat believes he became a "better driver" in 2019.

Daniil Kvyat rates 2019 as one of his best F1 seasons, and one where he has become a “better” driver.

It has been an up and down career for Kvyat in Formula 1 with Red Bull at the centre of it, and the latest twist came this season when he was recalled to the Red Bull programme and placed at Toro Rosso.

The 25-year-old has impressed since returning though, claiming P3 in Germany and earning P13 in the Drivers’ Championship as he and Renault’s Nico Hulkenberg finished level on 37 points.

It’s easy to see then why he rates 2019 as one of his best seasons.

“I feel very satisfied, to be honest,” he told the F1 website. “I would put it in line with one of my best years in F1 so I’m pretty happy.

“Some races go your way, some races don’t go your way but this is how our midfield works, it’s very tight and some small mistake can cost you some opportunities.

“But these are the parts of our sport that we all know. I think this year I’ve been a better driver than my last years in F1.”

Toro Rosso secured P6 in the Constructors’ with 85 points – a new record points haul for them, and Kvyat believes they also delivered their best season in what was their last as Toro Rosso before becoming Alpha Tauri for 2020.

“Certainly it was a very strong year for Toro Rosso, perhaps the best in the history you may say,” said the Russian driver.

“[It’s] great to be a part of it and the atmosphere in the team this year.

“I think the team has always performed very well. Since the beginning of the year it was quite consistently in the points and always taking the opportunities quite well; with strategy, taking the points which weren’t even there, to still get them was very crucial sometimes. [It’s] a very good boost for next year.”

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