Kvyat sure of points charge despite penalty

By on Saturday, November 8, 2014
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Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat is sure he can fight for points in the Brazilian Grand Prix, despite having to start from the back row of the grid.

Kvyat was penalised at the last race in the United States for using a seventh Internal Combustion Engine but he was only able to drop three places, rather than the required 10.

Kvyat's penalty was therefore carried over to Brazil and while he progressed through to Q2, he opted not to post a time and will drop to 17th place.

"In Monza and Austin we proved that we can fight for points even in difficult starting situations," he said.

"I did a good lap in Q1 but, considering the grid penalty, we decided not to go out during Q2, even if I think I could have definitively fought for Q3. Sometimes there are difficult decisions to make but that’s also part of racing.

"Everything can happen during the race and I’m confident that we still have a chance to fight for points tomorrow."

Team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne will start from 15th position.

"Not having completed a lot of mileage in preparation for today’s qualifying session, I couldn’t get the best out of the car, which was very difficult to drive today," he said.

"This is not an easy track and there are a few corners in which you really lose a lot of time if you do not have the right balance. If you consider the lack of mileage and the fact that we’ve struggled with the tyres for the whole weekend, we just didn’t manage to set up the car to my liking."

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