Daniil Kvyat: “Not the race we hoped for” after Opening Turn Collision


Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12 (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

Scuderia Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat had a weekend to forget at the 2017 Austrian Grand Prix, being the last car running to cross the line in sixteenth place after causing a collision at the first corner of the Red Bull Ring that took out both Fernando Alonso and Max Verstappen.

The Russian driver suffered a lock-up in the first corner, which resulted in contact with Alonso. This, in turn, created a domino effect that knocked both the Spaniard and Verstappen out of the race, with Kvyat being the only driver from the collision to finish the race. Nevertheless, Kvyat’s actions did not go unnoticed by the stewards, who gave him two penalty points on his license, as well as a drive-through penalty.

Not the race we hoped for,” commented the young driver. “Regarding the start, it was a good one, even if I had to suddenly go around my team-mate. I then couldn’t see too much of what was happening in front of me; I think Verstappen had a problem too, so Alonso reacted to that – he saw it, I didn’t, so he took a step back while, on the other hand, I lost all my references. I tried to do my best but ended up colliding, unfortunately.

It’s upsetting for me and for the others for sure, but these things happen to all drivers. Now I just need a cold shower before Silverstone, have a look into it, correct what needs to be corrected and move on.