Alonso and Kvyat cleared after collision
29 March 2014 – The stewards have deemed that no further action should be taken following the collision between Fernando Alonso and Daniil Kvyat during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Kvyat attempted to pass Alonso during the early stages of Q2 but the pair made contact at Turn 9, which damaged Alonso's Ferrari. His mechanics were able to swiftly repair the damage and send the Spaniard back out on track.
'The Stewards do not believe either driver were wholly or predominately to blame for the incident', read the stewards' report.
Alonso expressed his relief that Ferrari was able to repair the damage so quickly, enabling him to progress through to Q3 where he set the fourth fastest time.
"In a season when it takes a lot of time to make any sort of change to the cars, the guys managed to change the suspension in just a few minutes, which is a real record," he said. "They also got me back out on track at the right moment, which meant I could get into Q3. The incident with Kvyat was unfortunate for both of us and was inevitable, because by the time I saw the Toro Rosso it was too late."
Kvyat shared Alonso's sentiments on the contact.
"The visibility was very poor for everyone and I think he didn’t see me and in the end, he turned into me," he said. "I think it was quite normal that he didn’t see me because there was so much spray."