Kvyat Feels British Grand Prix Drive-Through ‘Extremely Strong’ Punishment


Daniil Kvyat feels that stewards are singling him out at present after another drive-through penalty during the British Grand Prix - Credit: Peter Fox/Getty Images

Daniil Kvyat feels that Formula 1 stewards are singling him out after a second consecutive race weekend where the Russian has been handed a drive-through penalty for a first lap incident.

The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver currently has nine penalty points on his Superlicence after being handed two points at Silverstone for leaving the track and then returning to it in a dangerous manner, which ultimately caused a collision with team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr.

Kvyat will now have to be careful in the forthcoming races, and should he get another three penalty points between now and 23 October, he will be forced to sit out a Grand Prix.

The Russian is critical of the decision to penalise him so harshly however, feeling that the drive-through was too much, especially as he feels others have been penalised less for worse incidents.

“A drive-through is a drive-through, it’s an extremely strong [punishment],” said Kvyat. “I saw stronger incidents and they punish five or ten seconds [added to] the pit stop. For me I believe [they should] keep doing that.

“I don’t understand this, and it doesn’t feel very nice. It makes everything look a lot worse than it really was.”

Kvyat felt that neither Sainz nor himself intended to be aggressive with one another at Becketts, with the Russian having expected the Spaniard to collaborate with him as he had done heading into Maggots.

“I don’t expect anything to change,” said Kvyat. “To be honest, I don’t think anyone had any intention to be aggressive with each other there.

“I left him room at Turn 11 [Maggots], and I expected him to collaborate with me also in Turn 12. But this collaboration didn’t happen. That’s why it’s so frustrating.”