Kvyat elated with debut qualifying performance

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014
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Toro Rosso racer Daniil Kvyat expressed his elation after setting the eighth fastest time during qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

The 19 year old Russian progressed through to Q3 and set the eighth quickest time despite making contact with the wall on the approach to turn 11 in tricky conditions.

"This was a very good session for us and I really didn’t expect to be qualifying 8th at my first Grand Prix 2 months ago! This is definitely a big step forward and I’m very happy for the team, who did a fantastic job also from the strategy side," he said.

"The conditions were very tricky, but the car felt good and in the end we were able to put everything together."

Team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne produced his best qualifying performance of his Formula 1 career as he set the sixth fastest time.

"It’s a very good feeling, a great start to the season," said the French driver. "After so much hard work during winter testing, to get two cars into Q3 is a great result and I’m very happy. I think we have a good car for the season, I believe in the team and in myself so I can’t really say that I’m surprised.

"The guys did a very good job and I want to thank everybody for getting two cars in the top 10. Thinking of the race pace  I still do not know if we are where we want to be, we just have to go on pushing as much as possible and hopefully we will have a good fight tomorrow."

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