Since the surprise switch between Max Verstappen and Daniil Kvyat, the two Red Bull drivers endured different experiences on their first outing at their respective new teams.
While Verstappen made history at the Spanish Grand Prix becoming the youngest ever winner in Formula 1, Kvyat spent the weekend trying to adapt to a car which had less downforce than what he had been used to at Red Bull.
A full day’s worth of testing was vital for Kvyat before he went to the next round in the Formula 1 championship next week in Monaco.
“It was quite crucial,” Kvyat said after completing 116 laps.
“Obviously the more laps I can get in this new car the more laps I can get familiar with it. Obviously I got more familiarisation, I did some things to suit my driving style a bit better, so I think it was a good combination altogether. Very important.
“Here [Spain] and Monaco are very different tracks. But let’s see, it will be a perfect opportunity because Monaco is a confidence track so will be importance to see how much confidence I have in the car. Usually I’ve been good there so should be OK this time too.”
Although Kvyat was able to complete 116 laps, his session ended an hour early as he was forced to pull over between Turn Four and Five which brought out the red flag.
“I think [stopping] was a precaution. We just lost a bit of power so we said it’s better to stop and investigate it rather than trying to push it, so we decided it was best to do it that way,” Kvyat continued.
“The team is still trying to work out exactly what happened. Something inside on the back part, we don’t know exactly what happened. We’ll know tomorrow.”
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