Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat has admitted that he doesn’t trust his car following a series of problems that has hindered his season thus far.
During the season opener in Melbourne, Kvyat failed to make it out of Q1 and to make matters worse, he was unable to start the race due to an electrical failure.
The 21-year-old’s woes continued in Bahrain on Saturday as he was the first driver eliminated in Q2 and will now start the race in 15th place.
“There is not 100 per cent trust in the car. I’m lacking a bit of confidence,” he told Autosport. “I could say that, but on the other hand I was completely happy with FP1, FP2 and FP3. Everything was looking so great.
“It was vice versa on the other side of the garage, but then when it comes to the most important part of qualifying, it switched completely the other way around. I cannot be happy with that. We have lost something.
“I probably didn’t have the cleanest lap of my career, but it’s not as if I forgot how to drive the car between sessions.”
Kvyat was also at a loss for words to explain his lack of pace considering that his team-mate Daniel Ricciardo will start the race at Sakhir in fifth place.
“We just didn’t have pace, so it’s something we have to analyse on our side of the garage because we are bit far off,” he said. “It’s not really clear why, but at the moment, we are missing something. I did everything I could, but it wasn’t enough.
“We are a team so we have to work together and understand where the lap time difference is [to Ricciardo] because it’s quite huge.
“It’s a bit odd, but there’s nothing I can really say. I don’t really know the answer myself. There’s nothing wrong with the car, nothing I’ve felt. Everything is normal.”
Kvyat also hinted that a tyre problem could be to blame for his disappointing performance in Bahrain thus far.
“There is something going on with the tyres, and it looks like some other teams have a variation in the preparation of the tyres,” he said. “It may be that, but I wouldn’t say all the blame is there. I would say maybe there is something not completely correct, but there is just no pace at this stage.”
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