Daniil Kvyat does not understand why Alexander Albon received so many compliments after his debut for Red Bull. According to the Russian, the performance of his former teammate at the Grand Prix of Belgium was far from impressive.
"I don't know why they call it such a good start," Toro Rosso's Russian told Motorsport . "He has been behind me for 36 laps in a Red Bull car."
Albon rode his first race for Red Bull at the Spa-Francorchamps circuit last weekend. He was transferred from the sister team Toro Rosso to replace the disappointingly performing Pierre Gasly.
The 23-year-old Thai had to start seventeenth due to a grid penalty after a motorcycle change, but eventually finished fifth. Team boss Christian Horner spoke after a "great catch-up race".
"If he had stayed with Toro Rosso, it would have been a really good race," says Kvyat, who was flagged seventh himself. "But he's with Red Bull now."
Choice between Albon, Kvyat and Gasly
Kvyat does not dare to say that Albon, who only had to tolerate Charles Leclerc, Lewis Hamilton, Valtteri Bottas and Sebastian Vettel, should have finished higher.
"I don't know. I'm just reacting to what I've seen. Maybe that was the maximum that day. But the fact that I could fight a Red Bull car for most of the race made me good day. "
Albon will have the opportunity to prove itself until the end of this year, after which Red Bull makes a choice between Albon, Gasly and Kvyat. This driver will be Max Verstappen's teammate in 2020.
Kvyat drove himself in 2015 and early 2016 for Red Bull. Due to disappointing performance, he then had to take a step back to Toro Rosso to make room for Verstappen.
See also: Result GP Belgium and World Cup positions in Formula 1