Daniil Kvyat reiterated in Abu Dhabi that he doesn’t imagine AlphaTauri will retain him for subsequent yr, even after posting what he known as “the most effective F1 lap in his profession” for seventh place in qualifying at Yas Marina.
The Russian, who stated on Thursday that he’s open to a reserve driver role next year and is focusing on a racing comeback in 2022, added on Saturday that his run of stable qualifying performances – P7 right here, P6 at Sakhir and P10 in Bahrain – lays down a “robust basis” for that return – if he’s to take a sabbatical in 2021.
“Truthfully, I’ve been saying this for therefore lengthy – I don’t assume I needs to be in F1 subsequent yr, I don’t assume so,” Kvyat defined candidly in Abu Dhabi. “However the information takes a really very long time to return out, so I don’t need to say one thing unofficial, you realize? Possibly Dr. [Helmut] Marko now could be sitting in his room and rethinking all the pieces! I don’t know.
“If I’m not in F1 subsequent yr, the final three or 4 races and final three or 4 qualifying [performances] had been actually robust, so it’s all about laying a superb basis to return again in 2022 if I’m not right here subsequent yr…”
“Final week was an ideal lap, at the moment was an ideal lap in quali once more, and it’s a stable basis for 2022. I need to come again and I do know I can combat for championships in the appropriate automotive, I’ve little doubt about it,” he asserted.
As for his lap for P7, which places him forward of Lance Stroll, Charles Leclerc and staff mate Pierre Gasly on Sunday, Kvyat was delighted.
“Yeah, it was very satisfying, I actually loved it,” stated the Russian. “I believe – I don’t prefer to say it – [that was] most likely the most effective F1 lap I did in my profession right here, so it was superb, I’m very completely happy. It’s robust, so I believe it’s going to be an fascinating race tomorrow. It’s a robust basis at the moment, so I hope we are able to have additionally a robust race tomorrow,” he stated.
Kvyat and Gasly ensured that both AlphaTauris made it to Q3 for the fourth time in five races, and at the moment are eyeing a fifteenth points-scoring race of 2020 as they begin within the high 10 on Sunday.