Daniil Kvyat has admitted that, lacking trust in his Red Bull machine and cannot clarify his lack of performance going into Bahrain GP race.
The Russian F1 ace troubles continued in Bahrain on Saturday as he was the first driver eliminated in Q2 and will start the race in 15th place.
“There is not 100 per cent trust in the car. I’m lacking a bit of confidence,” he told Autosport.
“I could say that, but on the other hand I was completely happy with FP1, FP2 and FP3. Everything was looking so great.
“It was vice versa on the other side of the garage, but then when it comes to the most important part of qualifying, it switched completely the other way around. I cannot be happy with that. We have lost something.
“I probably didn’t have the cleanest lap of my career, but it’s not as if I forgot how to drive the car between sessions.”
“We just didn’t have pace, so it’s something we have to analyse on our side of the garage because we are bit far off,” he said. “It’s not really clear why, but at the moment, we are missing something. I did everything I could, but it wasn’t enough.
“We are a team so we have to work together and understand where the lap time difference is [to Ricciardo] because it’s quite huge.
“It’s a bit odd, but there’s nothing I can really say. I don’t really know the answer myself. There’s nothing wrong with the car, nothing I’ve felt. Everything is normal.”
“There is something going on with the tyres, and it looks like some other teams have a variation in the preparation of the tyres,” he said. “It may be that, but I wouldn’t say all the blame is there. I would say maybe there is something not completely correct, but there is just no pace at this stage.”