Kvyat backs Formula 1 safety changes
8 August 2014 – Toro Rosso's Daniil Kvyat says it is right that Formula 1 is doing all that it can to improve safety levels.
In recent seasons, traditional gravel traps have been gradually replaced by large patches of tarmac run-off in attempts to make the sport safer, with the latest modification coming at Monza's famous Parabolica corner.
This has led to criticism from pundits, fans and certain drivers, but Kvyat feels the steps being made are vital.
"It is often forgotten that the speed taken through the corners has increased since the 80s, so if you make a mistake there remains a risk of violently hitting the barriers," Kvyat explained to Italian website OmniCorse.it.
"When you go to 340 km/h and miss the brakes you end up in the wall, even if there is 100 metres of asphalt.
"The risk in F1 cannot be erased. And if they had kept the run-off areas as gravel we could see drivers getting injured every weekend. So it is right that we do everything we can to improve the safety of the tracks and cars."
Certain personalities suggest that the changes have in turn created a field of cautious drivers, with Willi Weber, Michael Schumacher's former manager, going as far as to describe the current generation as "wimps".
But Kvyat, contesting his debut campaign, believes that courage will always be a fundamental aspect.
"Courage is always an important part of motorsport," he said. "I don't like it when they say that nowadays the drivers don't take risks and that we, in comparison with the 80s, are not real men. All these things are bulls**t."