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In the round-up: Daniil Kvyat says his 2021 F1 season would have been very different if the breakthrough AlphaTauri made with his car late in the year had come sooner.

What they say

Having started outside the top 10 throughout the first dozen races in 2020, Kvyat only failed to line-up inside the top 10 at one of the final five rounds. He has been replaced by Yuki Tsunoda at AlphaTauri after being outscored 75-32 by team mate Pierre Gasly last season:

Look, I always push the limit and of course you want to have a good feeling with the car, the right feeling with your car. It’s been improving, it’s been making me push the car harder.

My approach hasn’t changed this year. I never really went into some bad negative snowball or anything. It [would’ve been] easy, after the first few races when we realised the car is really not suiting you, to say ‘okay, whatever, I give up, I don’t care about this season anymore’. But I kept pushing and also this last race proves that I just kept pushing until the end. I never give up.

It’s a shame to understand a little bit like this. If we started the year with this kind of car it would be a very different story.

Quotes: Dieter Rencken

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