Daniil Kvyat equalled Toro Rosso’s best result of the season with ninth place in Barcelona, but the Russian believes a pit stop error cost him at least two positions in the Spanish Grand Prix.
On a circuit that is notoriously hard to overtake on, Kvyat was in fine form around the sweeps of the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya as he pulled off a number of moves including a pass on Kimi Raikkonen around the outside of Turn 4.
After getting ahead of Kevin Magnussen, Kvyat looked capable of ensuring Toro Rosso finished best of the rest but a slow pit stop, where the tyres were not ready, under the Safety Car demoted him behind the two Haas drivers. He recovered one place from Grosjean to end up ninth.
“It was entertaining, a lot of action,” Kvyat said. “There were many overtakes, I overtook both Haas on track, overtook Kimi, [Daniel] Ricciardo, a very good performance from me and from the team. But there was a bit of miscommunication, probably. I don’t know exactly what happened but we lost a lot of time in the pits because the tyres unfortunately weren’t ready.
“So we lost a potential P7, which is a pity but we will learn from it and there is no need for any dramas, obviously. It was a very good but also a little bit of a frustrating day. It will be learned from I’m sure. We slightly missed out.”
Despite the lost positions, Kvyat was keen to focus on the positives of Toro Rosso’s performance throughout the weekend, advancing to Q3 and then scoring points.
“Usually we get a quick pit stop, but it was a very long one because tyres weren't there. I was just hoping that we don't lose too many positions. Luckily we lost only (two). We just finished ninth, grabbed two valuable good points and everything is looking pretty good for the next races, so we'll just keep pushing.”