“I feel like I’m ready to drive always on a high level” – Daniil Kvyat is confident of doing well for a top team if they select him for the 2022 F1 season.
Daniil Kvyat bid farewell to F1 this season after competing for AlphaTauri. The Russian has been replaced by Homda-backed Japanese driver Yuki Tsunoda for the next season. So when asked by Motorsport.com when he can realistically expected a comeback, Kvyat chose the year 2022, when a more-level playing field is expected in F1.
“Ideally, 2022 would be the logical year to come back because there are new regulations and teams need experience.”
“I can assure you experience is actually quite important, especially when new regulations come into play. I will be doing my best, of course, to come back because I feel like I have a lot to give to the sport. I’m a lot more complete driver now. Even when the pressure is very high around me and my future, I’m still able to perform more than 100% which in the past has been a bit of a problem for me.”
Daniil Kvyat unhappy with fast pace of his F1 career
He feels he rose to F1 very rapidly, which made it tougher for him to grasp things. He was promoted to Red Bull too very quickly, but the fall has been brutal as well, with him not part of both the Red Bull teams. But he is now much more clear with what he wants, and confident of a successful comeback to the sport.
“I think my career in F1 was extremely fast like everything happened so fast sometimes. After my first stint in F1, I didn’t even understand really what happened. I came after GP3, so I missed the step before Formula 1. I went to Toro Rosso, had a strong year in Toro Rosso at the time and then immediately got promoted to Red Bull Racing after one year.”
“Then I also had a strong season with Red Bull Racing there [before] we all know what happened. Then I had a couple of tough years. I think I always lacked a bit of experience in F1 actually because everything happened so fast.”
“I’m a lot more complete only in these last two years in Formula 1 and only now I feel like I’m ready to drive always on a high level. And if the opportunity would come with a top team now, it would be a different story.”