Daniil Kvyat doesn't think Alexander Albon deserved praise in Belgium
Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat doesn't believe his former team-mate, Alexander Albon, deserved the praise he received after the Belgian Grand Prix.
Albon was promoted from Toro Rosso to Red Bull at Spa, taking up Pierre Gasly's seat after the Frenchman was demoted.
The Anglo-Thai racer started started from 17th position – thanks to engine penalties – and went on to finish fifth, behind the two Ferraris and Mercedes – a result tnat earned him plaudits from Red Bull boss Christian Horner.
Kvyat though, who started 19th and finished 7th – also a gain of 12 places – doesn't feel the praise was truly justified.
"I don’t know why you call it such a good start," said the Russian. "He spent 36 laps behind me in a Red Bull Racing car, and he started in front of me as well. I don’t know, maybe in the future he will do better.
"We were fighting the whole race in Spa. If he had stayed at Toro Rosso then yeah it would have been an amazing race for him, but he was in a Red Bull, so…"
Although Kvyat agreed fifth was likely the maximum Albon could achieve under the circumstances, he hinted that his own race was more deserving of such praise.
"I’m just commenting on what I saw. Maybe it was the maximum, probably it was the maximum that the car could achieve that day. But the fact that we were fighting and I held up a Red Bull car for most of the race in Spa – where the car really matters a lot – behind me, it was a very pleasing race for me to be honest."