For the second consecutive season, Daniil Kvyat failed to take the start of the Australian Grand Prix after a car issue stopped him on the formation lap on the way to the grid.
The Red Bull Racing driver had been scheduled to start down in eighteenth following a disappointing qualifying session at Albert Park on Saturday, but an issue with his RB12 saw him stop just metres from the grid, necessitating a second formation lap for the other twenty-one drivers while his car was removed from the middle of the race track.
The Russian will now reset ahead of the second round of the season in Bahrain next month, hoping for his luck to change.
“It looks like an electronic issue put us out of the race before it started,” said Kvyat. “I think Australia doesn’t seem to be the luckiest place for me so far.
“The car just shut itself off – I guess it didn’t want to do the race today, but we’ll be back in Bahrain and we’ll start again from there!
“Last year it was very hard to take, not starting the race, but this year I’m a stronger person so I’ll be OK, these things happen, that’s life and that’s racing.”