After the Daniil Kvyat was eliminated in the first qualifying session, the despondent Russian can’t understand where his form has gone and suggests he needs an extended holiday.

Since rejoining Toro Rosso at the Spanish Grand Prix when Red Bull promoted Max Verstappen to the senior team, Kvyat has only out-qualified his teammate Carlos Sainz on two occasions, with the Spaniard getting the better of his Red Bull compatriot the other six qualifying sessions.

“It’s not like I’m having the most pleasant time in the world, for sure it’s not easy but it’s not an excuse. Everyone has hard times,” Kvyat said after qualifying.

“In the past personally as a driver this is how it was but we need to get this race under our belt first, yesterday it seemed like it could be the one. We found some good things yesterday but I’m not sure if this is playing a little bit against us, it was a bit of a too relaxed day.

“I don’t know but when it came to qualifying it didn’t feel a very good feeling connection with the car and I didn’t have the connection.”

This weekend more than others, Kvyat has been showing signs of discomfort and is far from the composed racing driver competing for Red Bull just a couple of months ago.

When asked what he needed to get his season back on track, Kvyat responded: “I don’t know what I need, I don’t know.”

“When it comes back it will be much better, so yeah, I can’t remember the last time I had a good feeling with a car so I don’t know what’s going on. It seems like my working window is very narrow.

“I don’t feel great, it’s not a great period for me. It seems like it’s never ending, I’m trying every weekend so much but nothing is working so far, so it needs to be more than that.”

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