Formula 1
Formula 1
30 Apr
-
03 May
FP1 in
73 days
07 May
-
10 May
FP1 in
80 days
21 May
-
24 May
FP1 in
93 days
R
Azerbaijan GP
04 Jun
-
07 Jun
FP1 in
108 days
11 Jun
-
14 Jun
FP1 in
115 days
25 Jun
-
28 Jun
FP1 in
129 days
02 Jul
-
05 Jul
FP1 in
136 days
16 Jul
-
19 Jul
FP1 in
150 days
R
Hungarian GP
30 Jul
-
02 Aug
FP1 in
164 days
27 Aug
-
30 Aug
FP1 in
192 days
03 Sep
-
06 Sep
FP1 in
199 days
R
Singapore GP
17 Sep
-
20 Sep
FP1 in
213 days
24 Sep
-
27 Sep
FP1 in
220 days
R
United States GP
22 Oct
-
25 Oct
FP1 in
248 days
29 Oct
-
01 Nov
FP1 in
255 days
R
Brazilian GP
12 Nov
-
15 Nov
FP1 in
269 days
R
Abu Dhabi GP
26 Nov
-
29 Nov
FP1 in
283 days

Kvyat: Stewards know Chinese GP penalty was too harsh

shares
comments
Kvyat: Stewards know Chinese GP penalty was too harsh
By:
Co-author: Oleg Karpov
Apr 17, 2019, 11:11 AM

Daniil Kvyat believes the Chinese Grand Prix Formula 1 stewards accepted they were too harsh with his punishment for colliding with McLaren drivers Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris.

Toro Rosso racer Kvyat was given a drive-through penalty and two penalty points on his licence for the opening lap incident at Shanghai.

Both Kvyat and Norris eventually retired, while Sainz recovered to 14th.

"This was, I think, a normal lap one incident - one car coming from off the track, and one car being sandwiched, and me leaving space enough for one car certainly," Kvyat said.

"The other car basically caused the chain reaction, which was the car behind me, and then it was just a normal chain reaction, so I didn't see how that incident deserved a drive-through penalty, that's for sure."

He said he had discussed it with the stewards panel, on which ex-F1 racer Derek Warwick was the driver representative on this incident, and came away feeling they now doubted their decision.

"I think we found a good understanding, but we disagree on few things, and it was a very long meeting," said Kvyat. "I think they kind of understand that they were quite harsh today, I could feel it in the post-race conversation."

The stewards' statement announcing the penalty during the race pinned the blame solely on Kvyat.

"The stewards reviewed video evidence and concluded that the driver of car #26, (Daniil Kvyat), lost control of his car at the exit of Turn 6 and hit the cars to his left," it read. "He did this on his own and the stewards determined that he was wholly at fault, causing the collision."

Sainz had suggested Kvyat was at fault for lacking "patience" on the opening lap, while Norris described himself as "kind of the innocent one" in the incident. Kvyat declined to expand on his conversation with the stewards.

"I don't want to go in details, because I think we closed behind closed doors," he added. "So I think we want to respect this agreement. But I think the incident was a very basic first-lap sandwich and misunderstanding.

"It was three cars in one corner exit. It was a chain reaction, an incident, and I got hit - that's what I felt, that I got hit from behind, that's all I felt really. So for me it was pretty clear."

Next article
Wolff had "quite a laugh" over reports of Verstappen talks

Previous article

Wolff had "quite a laugh" over reports of Verstappen talks

Next article

Haas facing fundamental tyre warm-up problem with 2019 F1 car

Haas facing fundamental tyre warm-up problem with 2019 F1 car
Load comments

About this article

Series Formula 1
Event Chinese GP
Sub-event Race
Drivers Daniil Kvyat Shop Now
Teams AlphaTauri Shop Now
Author Matt Beer