Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat understands F1 more after tough 2015 season

Daniil Kvyat feels he has "a much better understanding" of every aspect of Formula 1, after a tough 2015 in which he struggled for consistency

Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat understands F1 more after tough 2015 season

Following a solid debut F1 season with Toro Rosso in 2014, Kvyat moved over to 'sister' team Red Bull in '15.

Ultimately it proved to be a tough campaign as Red Bull and power-unit supplier Renault fell out, while Kvyat also encountered his own issues at times.

"At the end of my rookie season there were no mistakes at all," said Kvyat, speaking to Autosport.

"But sometimes they happen. Every driver makes mistakes and obviously I had a crash in Japan and at Austin, but they were just circumstantial.

"There's nothing I would put it down to. It's just a quick flash in the pan and you're in the wall.

"You just move on. You can't think about it too much.

"About Austin, I have more positive memories about the first half of the race than the second, so obviously I'll keep those positive emotions more than the negative emotions.

"Other than those two races, I wouldn't say there was too much I did wrong.

"It was an up-and-down season, and when you find yourself in the middle group it's hard to be consistent."

In joining Red Bull, Kvyat expected to be pushing for podiums and wins, after it achieved three victories and nine podiums in 2014, despite a wretched first pre-season with power units.

Kvyat concedes he faced a period of adjustment when it became clear the year would be a lot more difficult than he first expected.

"I had to put any kind of expectations behind me, go through some times when I had to refocus. Mental adjustments are always tricky," he added.

"I just had to forget about the final positions and just focus on driving. That was it. It proved to be a good, efficient way.

"From Monaco there were many more positive races and a much more positive understanding with the car.

"Still, I wouldn't say that it was perfect, but at least I could say I had a much better understanding of everything."

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