Daniil Kvyat has revealed he stopped enjoying Formula 1 after he was demoted from Red Bull Racing down to Toro Rosso in May, following his high-profile accidents.
The Russian driver received huge criticism after he ran into the back of Vettel during the opening lap of the Russian Grand Prix, ruining many drivers races, including his team-mate’s, Vettel’s, and his very own as well.
Following the events of Russia, Red Bull’s motorsport consultant, Helmut Marko took firm action against the Russian driver, and demoted him down to Toro Rosso in order for the Russian driver to “re-build his confidence”, and Verstappen was promoted up to Red Bull Racing.
Since the demotion, Kvyat has shown a big slump in performance, and his new team-mate, Carlos Sainz has consistently been outperforming him. The Russian driver has scored in only two races after being demoted.
“They [Red Bull] made me a really strong driver but now I’m not so strong because of all these things that happened a few months ago but it’s not an excuse,” Kvyat is quoted on Autosport.com
“These things in the end should make me stronger again but of course the whole situation of course made me reflect on my things and it’s not easy.
“It made me stop enjoying it for a while but now I need to get the enjoyment back and love what I do again.”
Commenting on the demotion, Kvyat said: “It’s been a disrupted season,”
“I have had two challenges in one year.
“They interrupted one fight on the one hand and put me in another fight.
“Now I’m battling, that’s all I can say. Hopefully there are better things to come.
“You have to be happy with the car, you have to be confident you are working together well, between driver and engineer.”