Red Bull Racing had a tough time both on and off the track at this weekend’s Russian Grand Prix.
While home crowd favourite Daniil Kvyat came home an impressive fifth after a last lap crash between Kimi Raikkonen and Valtteri Bottas promoted him up the order from seventh, Daniel Ricciardo suffered a suspected suspension failure with six laps to go, meaning he missed out on sixth.
For Kvyat, the focus of the spectators and Russian President Vladimir Putin in attendance, he felt he managed to get as much out of his RB11 as possible.
He said: “I think we squeezed everything out of it today and ten points at the end of such a complicated race is a very good achievement, so we have to be satisfied with these points.
“With hindsight, you could say we could have run a slightly better strategy, but you can never be completely sure how these things will turn out and you never stop learning in this respect.
“It was nice to see all the people that came here to support me today, it’s a great feeling and hopefully it will continue and get better and better.
“I could also see that other drivers had their fans in the crowd as well which was nice, it’s a true passion and it looks like in Russia the sport is growing a lot and many people are coming which is great to see.”
Ricciardo meanwhile said his retirement was a missed opportunity to get good points on a circuit the team expected to struggle at.
“Right now I am disappointed we missed out a good opportunity today on definitely one of our weaker circuits,” said the Australian after the race. “But putting the disappointment aside, we can be proud. It was a really good race. And with the tools we had we were maximizing ever thing at the moment.
“I held on long enough. I mean obviously I tried to go as long as I could.
“We were looking good, we were looking strong, and we put ourselves in a really nice position, and it was just unlucky and unfortunate that we had the suspected suspension failure.”
Away from the race track, the team’s future continues to hang in limbo after both Mercedes and Ferrari refused to supply Red Bull with engines for the 2016 season, meaning team boss Christian Horner and team owner Dietrich Mateschitz may have to return, cap in hand, to current engine supplier Renault for a power plant for next year.
Following the race at Sochi, Kvyat climbs back ahead of Ricciardo in the driver’s standings, with the Russian on 76 points, three more than his team-mate.