No action over Sainz/Kvyat last lap incident


The Stewards at the Circuit de Catalunya have deemed that no further action is required over the incident involving Carlos Sainz and Daniil Kvyat on the final lap of the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver and the Infiniti Red Bull Racing driver banged wheels on the run down to the first corner, with the Spaniard going off track as a result and rejoining in front of the Russian.

Both drivers were under investigation for different reasons in the incident, with Kvyat being looked at for excessively changing his line to defend his position and Sainz for gaining an advantage by going off track.

“In relation to the alleged breach of Article 20.3 the Stewards accept the statement of the driver of Car 26 (Kvyat), the concurrence of the driver of Car 55 (Sainz) and confirmation from the video evidence, that the first two moves were not defensive and that only the third move was defensive,” said a statement from the stewards.

“In relation to the alleged breach of Article 16.1 the Stewards agree with the assertions of the drivers and team representatives that this was a racing incident.

“In relation to the alleged breach of Article 20.2 the Stewards consider that Car 55 was in front at the time it entered the corner and accept the evidence of the driver that he slowed in re-joining the track at Turn 2 and gave room at Turn 3 for Car 26, in order to avoid gaining a lasting advantage.

“The driver of Car 26 also admitted that he slowed at Turn 2 and gave room for Car 55 to re-join.”

The stewards decision means Sainz keeps his ninth position and Kvyat his tenth place.