Kvyat 'just missed' recovering his position
13 June 2017 – Toro Rosso team boss Franz Tost says that Daniil Kvyat only "just missed" recovering his position after his engine stalled on the Canadian Grand Prix grid.
Kvyat qualified 11th but failed to pull away on the formation lap, leaving him in a race against time to catch and pass drivers when his engine was fired up again.
As per the regulations, drivers must be in position by the first Safety Car line (towards the end of the lap), and a charging Kvyat was narrowly behind Alonso at this point.
Kvyat was initially given a drive-through, with stewards then applying an additional 10-second penalty, which he served in the pits, moments before a terminal wheel-nut issue.
"Unfortunately, Daniil's engine stalled at the start of the formation lap – we need to investigate how this happened, because there's no excuse," commented Tost.
"The regulation allows the driver to catch-up until the first Safety Car line, but as all the drivers use the complete width of the track to warm-up their tyres, it was difficult for Daniil to overtake them in order to get back to his position without taking any risks.
"Therefore, he just missed overtaking Alonso before the Safety Car line – it was also too late for him to go into the pit-lane – so he got penalised for this.
"Daniil did a very good race and was very competitive, putting in some really good lap times.
"We then had to call him in for his pit-stop and to serve a 10-second penalty that was in addition to the drive-through he had already been given, but we suffered a problem with the rear-right wheel-nut."
Kvyat, who swore over the radio in frustration at the additional penalty, lamented that whenever he finds himself in a strong position "something happens or goes wrong".
"We were still going for P9 as the pace was mega good," he said.
"Unfortunately, during my pit-stop, we had a problem and then we retired, [but] it was too late to do anything after losing so much time in the pits anyway.
"I did everything I could do but what's annoying is that every time we have very good pace something happens or goes wrong, [so] it's very frustrating, we deserved a reward."
Kvyat's team-mate, Carlos Sainz Jr., crashed out of the race on the first lap, having cut across the front of Romain Grosjean's car, a move that earned him a three-place grid drop for Azerbaijan,.