Daniil Kvyat says that he feared over the summer break that he was at risk of losing his Toro Rosso seat for the 2017 season.

The Russian, whose contract was extended Saturday morning at the United States Grand Prix, was demoted to Toro Rosso from Red Bull after the Russian Grand Prix in favour of Max Verstappen.

The tough nature and high demand of Formula 1 led to a drop in performance and caused Kvyat to question his ability and confidence, which came to a head in Germany when the 22-year-old was in the middle of his mid-season slump, and said that he needed the summer break more than anyone else.

“I had a bit of a drop down on my performance in the middle of the year, obviously for various reasons,” Kvyat said.

“Obviously at that point it looked like I wouldn’t be in really if I continued like that, and then I managed to get everything together after the summer break and it was a very important few races because in Red Bull, if you have a trust from them you can be sure it’s because you are a very good driver.”

Once Singapore came around, Kvyat knew he had a chance to set his season back on track after returning from the summer break with a sign of resurgence despite not having the car to compete for points in Belgium and Italy.

“In Singapore everything came together and it all felt good again.”

“It felt like my whole motivation, my whole spark came back and I felt very comfortable again in what I was doing and I really started to enjoy it, I said no matter what I want to be here next year because also 2017 there is a big rule change, you never know what’s going to happen and I really wanted to be in the game.”

Now that the deal is done with Toro Rosso and Kvyat will again partner his team mate Carlos Sainz, the Russian is now looking forward to the challenge of the new 2017 regulations and the opportunities they present.

“Next year also the regulations are changing, it’s good for the team to have two experienced drivers so that the team can focus on the car and don’t think about driving too much so very happy and in a way relieved.”

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