The Russian driver had the edge over Ricciardo in both FP2 and FP3, but was beaten by 0.3s in qualifying as Kvyat finished fourth behind Sebastian Vettel, Ricciardo and Kimi Raikkonen. Asked if anything changed between practice and qualifying, Kvyat replied: “No.
"Usually he’s always quite on it when it comes to qualifying. So it’s quite normal, it’s not a big surprise. However it’s good to watch this and learn from it, it’s quite interesting.”
And despite Red Bull being so competitive, Kvyat says he didn't feel he was in the hunt for pole position going in to the session.
“Pole? No. Vettel particularly found something. He knows something about it so he was a step ahead since this morning to be honest. But anyway we’ll be competitive as well, which is good.”
However, Kvyat is setting his focus on victory from fourth on the grid, rather than defending from the two Mercedes cars behind him.
“As the lights will go off we will try to do everything to move ahead so this will be our main target tomorrow - only look forward. When you start from there, we’ll try to do anything to beat the cars ahead.”
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