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Debutant Kvyat admits confidence taking a hit

The Toro Rosso driver currently appears to struggle in his first day of formal championship action.
Saturday, March 15, 2014

MELBOURNE, March 15th, 2014 (F1Plus / Jacob Polychronis).- The 19-year-old Toro Rosso driver, Daniil Kvyat, has admitted to lacking confidence ahead of his Formula One debut this weekend.

Cars this year are fashioning new ‘brake-by-wire’ systems, in which the amount of force applied to the brake pedal is measured and then applied accordingly to the rear brake callipers via electronic systems. It is this system, which is hurting the confidence of the young Russian as he attempted to come to grips with it during Friday practice.

“I’m not feeling too confident on that part of driving to be honest.”

“On this track, the last problem we want to have is one with the brakes and today I did have some. It was hurting me a bit.”

“Especially for me, being very new, it was not really good for my confidence. So I had to be really careful sometimes and go really under my limit in some corners because I didn’t know what to expect.”

Kvyat was 16th fastest in FP2, posting a time of 1.32.495, a total of 2.870 seconds off the leading Lewis Hamilton. Furthermore, Kvyat struggled in the intra-team battle, leaving a gaping 1.435 seconds to his French team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.

Regardless of these issues, Kvyat completed an impressive 63 laps during the day, leading to some positive results.

“There were good signs for sure, [we did] a lot of miles. - We did our whole program today so it was quite positive from our point of view.”

“I’m very confident we will make a step in the right direction tomorrow.”

Formula One is sure to be a steep learning curve for Kvyat who currently appears as unconfident outside of the car as he does in it. The Russian was also responsible for many off-track excursions which was attributed to the nature of the track.

“In the beginning it was quite a tough track to learn. It is quite bumpy so it took a lot of time to get really confident on it. By the end of FP1 I was starting to find the limit and in FP2.”

“There are some things I need to do [tomorrow] to help myself with for my confidence.”

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