Kvyat ‘Not Happy’ Following Sainz Crash At Silverstone


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Daniil Kvyat has endured another frustrating race following a first lap collision with team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr at Silverstone on Sunday.

The Russian for the second race in a row was involved in a first lap crash, resulting in another disappointing race. Kvyat was deemed at fault for the turn one incident in Austria that involved Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen, taking both out in the race.

Kvyat was battling with his Scuderia Toro Rosso team-mate entering into Maggots, Kvyat went wide and off the track. He returned to the track but made contact with the side of Sainz’s STR12, resulting in both cars spinning, with Sainz retiring on the spot with damage.

Kvyat recovered and carried on but was punished for his actions and given a drive-through penalty and two penalty points on his licence, and the Russian now has nine points on his licence, the most from any driver on the grid. The Russian needs to avoid getting three more points by the United States Grand Prix to avoid a race ban.

“Even if I was able to continue after the collision with Carlos, my race was also compromised and I’m obviously not happy with what happened.” said the Russian.  “I was ahead and on a dirty line, so it’s normal to have some understeer, and then, all of a sudden, the crash took place.”

The Russian has apologised to the team for the incident and hopes to learn from it to avoid any repeat.

“It’s a real shame, as this has damaged both us drivers and the team, which I feel very sorry for. There’s not much more that can be done now, we just need to learn from this and move forward.” 

Kvyat resumed racing after the incident and served his penalty, eventually making some progress and finishing in fifteenth place, ahead of Williams Martini Racing‘s Lance Stroll and Sauber F1 Team‘s Pascal Wehrlein.