Unsafe release sees Kvyat earn reprimand


Daniil Kvyat has received his second reprimand of the 2015 Formula 1 season after an unsafe release by his Infiniti Red Bull Racing team during second practice in Belgium on Friday.

The young Russian was deemed to have been paying insufficient attention as he was released directly into the path of Sauber driver Felipe Nasr, with Red Bull taking a €10,000 fine for the incident.

A stewards press release stated that: “Car 26 [Kvyat] was released as car 12 [Nasr] was approaching. In addition the driver did not pay sufficient attention.”

Kvyat is now one reprimand away from a ten-place grid penalty, the automatic penalty for reaching three reprimands. He is the first driver to receive his second reprimand this season.

Despite the reprimand, it was a positive day for the Red Bull team, with Daniel Ricciardo finishing third in both sessions and Kvyat placing sixth in FP1 and fourth in FP2.

“The conditions were pretty unusual for Spa today, with the hot weather and we had two good sessions,” said Kvyat. “As a priority, we need to find some time in sector two.

“As always, we will do our homework tonight and try to improve the package we have for tomorrow, but the car felt good so far.”