Kvyat: I saw smoke and flames in the mirrors
21 July 2014 – Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat made a dramatic and fiery exit from the German Grand Prix last weekend.
The incident happened around two thirds of the way through the race, with the Russian teenager pulling of the track on Lap 45 at the hairpin, as flames engulfed his STR9.
It was a cruel outcome, after making it through to Q3 on Saturday and qualifying in eighth place.
The team later confirmed he had a drive train failure, which it is now investigating.
"It's a shame how my race ended," said Kvyat, "especially because qualifying went very well."
"My first stint was looking OK until the contact with [Sergio] Pérez, which made me lose ground. I think I didn't look after my tyres well enough during the second stint, in which I tried to catch up and get back some positions.
"The final stint was looking good in terms of pace, but I suddenly lost drive and I then saw smoke and later flames in the mirrors. I started to feel really hot in the car, so I parked it and jumped out as quickly as possible. It's not a nice situation to be in, but I'm now more concerned about the car than anything else.
"I hope everything will be OK and I will now switch my focus to Hungary, where I hope we can do better."
It was Kvyat's fourth retirement in five races after he was also hit by mechanical gremlins in Monaco, Canada and Austria.