Kvyat: US Grand Prix my best race in 2017
23 October 2017 – Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat described his United States Grand Prix as the "best race of the year" as he marked his return to Formula 1 after a two-event absence with a point.
Kvyat, having scored just four points this year, most recently in Spain, was benched by Toro Rosso for Malaysia and Japan, but returned to action at Austin, in place of Renault-bound Carlos Sainz Jr.
He missed the opening practice session as tester Sean Gelael received a run, and was limited to just four laps in the final session amid a steering complaint.
Kvyat qualified in 12th place and moved up to 11th on the grid, before gaining a position in race trim to round out the top 10, overcoming a battery problem in the process.
"It was a very good result, a perfect Friday, Saturday, Sunday, so I'm very happy," Kvyat told assembled media, labelling his race as the "best" of the year.
"I came here with a new approach, I put all my knowledge together, came here with a better mentality, with some fresh motivation and very good approach.
"It worked very well, so now I think I understood a few things, which was very good, it worked most importantly, because the result will never lie, so it was very good.
"I hope I will get more chances to develop what I learned this weekend."
Kvyat's future remains unclear, with Toro Rosso yet to determine its line-up for the rest of the campaign, but he insists he did all he could to prove his worth.
"I had fresh motivation this weekend, a good mindset, and it was very strong weekend," he said.
"It's true, everyone kept asking me every day, 'Oh, is it the most important weekend of your career', and if it is, it couldn't have been any better, that's for sure."