Daniil Kvyat (STR12-01, Car 26)
Race: pos. 12th
"After my first lap I think my race was over, unfortunately. I had very little grip on lap 1 and went off the track because of a misunderstanding with another car – I locked my wheels, went off and that made me drop to last... We will need to analyse what happened there, as I felt I had less grip than anyone else. From that point onwards it was a very busy race, but we were battling for nothing unfortunately as the points positions were too far away. . At least I was able to finish the race here – it was important to complete all the laps and to know that, every time I get in the car, I know what it's doing and I feel comfortable. Today was just not our day and we can't afford situations like this as the midfield is very tight. Hopefully in the next race in Russia, my home Grand Prix, we can fight for more points, because that's what we need and we have a car that can do it."
Carlos Sainz (STR12-03, Car 55)
"It definitely hasn't been a good weekend for us. We've had reliability problems on Friday and yesterday, which meant that today we had to do a race starting from the back. It started well, and recovered from P16 to P11 during the first lap – we were definitely catching the points positions there! Unfortunately, all of a sudden after the pit-stop I was involved in an incident with Lance and that was the end of my race. The weekend ends with a DNF, but weekends like this one always happen at some point throughout the year in F1... This is racing! On the positive side, the car feels very good to drive and we can fight for points regularly, so I look forward to the next races."
Franz Tost (Team Principal):
"Bahrain turned out to be quite a difficult weekend for us. The negatives started already on Friday, with a broken exhaust on Carlos' car which meant we had to change all the wiring looms and the complete environment of the exhaust system. On Saturday, during his very fast qualifying lap, he also had to stop the car on track because of a Power Unit issue. Regarding the race, Carlos' start was good and he was able to overtake a few cars. Unfortunately, he had a collision with Stroll, which meant that he could not finish the race. Regarding Daniil, he lost many positions during the first lap and dropped back. After that, he drove a solid race, taking part in some good fights, but unfortunately he couldn't finish within the points. We now have to prepare everything in the best possible way for the next race in Sochi in order to fight back and score some points."