Daniil Kvyat has received a three-place grid penalty and another penalty point on his Superlicence after being found guilty of impeding Lance Stroll during qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
The incident took place at the end of the session when Kvyat, recovering to the pits after spinning at turn four earlier in the lap and ruining his tyres, was unable to get significantly out of the way of the Williams Martini Racing driver at turn eleven.
A radio message from his Scuderia Toro Rosso team that Stroll was approaching at speed on a quick lap left him with not enough time to react, and despite attempting to get onto the grass, he still hampered the Canadian’s run.
“I have to accept their decision,” said Kvyat to reporters after the session. “Unfortunately we had a miscommunication with the team, the team didn’t tell me anyone was coming.
“Unfortunately it happens. I was asked to bring the car in slowly because of vibrations. The speed was so different and when I saw him, I went on the grass but for them it was not enough even that.
“I think they like to make an example out of me.”
The penalty moves Kvyat from thirteenth on the grid to sixteenth, promoting Sergio Perez, Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen up the grid, with the stewards deeming that running on the racing line at a reduced pace whilst other drivers were on quick laps was enough for the penalty to be applied.
“The stewards examined video, driver radio communications, timing data, telemetry and car positioning data evidence and heard from Daniil Kvyat, Lance Stroll and the team representatives,” said the FIA statement.
“The stewards determined that Kvyat was on an exceptionally slow lap having spun earlier and damaged his tyres. The stewards acknowledged that he was warned by the team very late of the approach of Stroll who was on a fast lap.
“Further, Kvyat pulled as far to the right as he could as soon as he saw Stroll. However, the stewards considered that these were not mitigating factors.
“Kvyat was driving exceptionally slowly and taking the racing line at the end of Q1 when other drivers were attempting to set fast laps and this led to the unnecessary impeding.”
The penalty point brings his total up to ten, just two away from an automatic race ban, and he has until the United States Grand Prix in October before any of those points drop off his Superlicence.