After having a quick car all weekend long in Monaco, it all went wrong on race day for Daniil Kvyat, with an electrical issue seeing the young Russian lose a lap early before he collided with Kevin Magnussen at Rascasse to end his completely.
The Scuderia Toro Rosso driver had done well to qualify inside the top ten during Saturday’s qualifying session, but was forced to pit twice on the opening couple of laps due to an electrical issue, which lost him a lap to the field.
Kvyat then attempted to make moves to unlap himself, but found Magnussen unwilling to yield, which resulted in the Toro Rosso and the Renault colliding, with Kvyat retiring in the pit lane and being handed a post-race penalty of a three-place grid penalty for the Canadian Grand Prix.
“What a frustrating race!” said Kvyat. “I don’t believe in luck but today we were very unlucky…
“We had what I think was an electrical issue at the start of the race, which meant I was stuck in 60kph for the first couple of laps. We tried to sort it out and all of a sudden the car felt like it was working well again, but by that point we had lost a lot of time and it was very difficult to try and un-lap myself.
“I tried to go for it, but then the incident with Magnussen happened, where none of us wanted to let each other by… This is racing and unfortunately sometimes things like this happen.
“It’s definitely a missed opportunity, as here in Monaco we had been looking strong all weekend, but all we can do now is to keep on working hard for the next races, starting with Canada in two weeks’ time.”