Debutant Kvyat pleased with maiden point
16 March 2014 – Daniil Kvyat expressed his delight after claiming a point on his Formula 1 debut in Australia.
Kvyat started from eighth on the grid and put in a measured performance to finish in 10th place, one place behind team-mate Jean-Éric Vergne.
"It was a very intense afternoon and finishing my first race with a point is a great feeling," said the Toro Rosso driver. "It was a fantastic first Grand Prix weekend with the team, everyone worked really hard and scoring points was a great way to end it. The start was a bit messy, but after that I managed to get into a rhythm and the car seemed competitive compared to those around us.
"It was close at the end with Jean-Éric, but I had to save fuel towards the end, so I was not going to attack him. I never expected to score a point in my first race, so it feels amazing. It's a real boost for us and now we have to keep on working hard and if we keep on the way we are going, then we can look forward to a really positive season."
Vergne labelled Toro Rosso's performance as 'good' but lamented his struggles with the brakes.
"This is obviously a good result, even though the car was very difficult to drive," he said. "We had problems with the brakes which made us lose a lot of time but at the end we are all satisfied to finish the race with two cars in the points. I'm very pleased with the overall three points especially for the team, more than for myself."
Vergne survived a lurid moment at the last corner when he dipped a wheel on the grass and pitched the STR9 sideways. He lost a position to Valtteri Bottas but was able to continue.
"As for my mistake in the last corner, I was trying to defend myself from him [Bottas], looking for the best line to get a good exit, but I went on the grass and I was lucky enough not to spin the car," he said. "It's really a shame but it’s just the first race and I’m sure we will have plenty of opportunities to score more points."