Red Bull Racing’s Daniil Kvyat who made his debut with the team in Australia having replaced Sebastian Vettel this season when he joined from Toro Rosso can be happy with his first season with the senior Red Bull team as the Russian finished the year ahead of his more experienced team mate Daniel Ricciardo in the championship.
Kvyat finished the 2015 campaign in seventh place in the championship on 95 points just three ahead of Ricciardo. In today’s race in Abu Dhabi, it was Ricciardo who finished ahead of Kvyat. Daniil finished the event in 10th place to score one point and speaking afterwards he commented by saying:
It was good that we managed to finish and I was happy with my pace in the first half of the race. So, up until about midway, it looked as though we could have had a really strong race, as I was controlling Massa and attacking Hulkenberg, but then we had electronic issues and we had to give up the fight in a way. From then on we were losing a lot of time on the straight. Almost every lap we had to do something about our electronic issues, so under the circumstances, we did absolutely the best job we could today and I’m happy about that. Our focus from now is 2016 and if we can make some steps forward over the winter, we will be happy.
Infiniti Red Bull Racing Team Principal Christian Horner who announced over the weekend that they have an engine partner for next season commented by saying:
Daniel did everything he could today. He drove a sensible race and looked after his tyres, but unfortunately Perez had too much of a speed advantage, particularly on the straights. Dany was having a good race but he suffered with an overheating issue, which compromised his ERS. Nevertheless, he drove well to pick up the final point. This long season has now drawn to an end: it’s been a demanding year, at times frustrating but we had a few highlights, and we now look forward to hopefully brighter prospects in 2016.
Daniel Ricciardo was left slightly disappointed as he ended the race in 6th one place below where he started the race from and speaking following the event he commented by saying:
Top 5 would have been a bit sweeter, but I couldn’t hold off Seb, whom we expected to get past us more towards the end of the race. I held him off for a lap and then, especially on those Options, his pace was so much quicker. I tried to get Perez, but couldn’t get close enough. At the start I had a sniff at Hulkenberg and went for it and that paid off. Parts of it were fun. I would have liked more battles though, but it looked quite spread out. It’s a circuit I enjoy fighting on. I have confidence in the big breaking zones here. I think we ended the season well and feel I got the most out of the car, so I’m leaving the season more happy than I was a few races ago. Sixth is probably not that representative of how good our weekend was, but I’m pretty pleased. I would love to go racing next weekend but at the same time I’m happy the season is over and I’m optimistic that next year will be better. I think we ended the season with a lot more feeling and confidence in the chassis. This season has made us stronger as a unit and I’m happy to move forward with these guys to be better next year.
After a tough season for Renault, their representative at Red Bull Racing, Matthieu Dubois commented by saying:
Even if we could have hoped for a little more today, both Red Bulls finishing in the points is more or less in line with our expectations. It was a reasonably busy race from a technical perspective as we had to get some of our system temperatures under control whilst maintaining the pace to keep racing, particularly with Daniil. The fuel management has also been reasonably challenging. Overall it is good to see all four Renault-powered cars crossing the line without major issue again. I would like to thank everyone at Viry for the work this year off and on track, as well as Red Bull Racing for was has been a tough but entertaining season.