Kvyat queries penalty, criticises Sainz Jr.
17 July 2017 – Daniil Kvyat has queried the decision of the British Grand Prix stewards to penalise him for a first-lap error, and believes Toro Rosso team-mate Carlos Sainz Jr. should have been wiser.
Kvyat and Sainz Jr. battled for position on the opening lap at Silverstone until Kvyat drifted slightly wide at Becketts and made contact with Sainz Jr. through the following left-hand kink.
A delayed Kvyat pitted for repairs and ultimately came home in 15th place while Sainz Jr. retired on the spot, due to terminal damage on his STR12.
Stewards handed Kvyat a drive-through penalty, with the wording that Kvyat had "left the track and rejoined in an unsafe manner, causing a collision with Car 55 [Sainz Jr.]".
Kvyat disputed the manner in which he was sanctioned, and felt that Sainz Jr. should have taken his share of the blame for the collision.
"I knew already I wouldn't be on the perfect line for T12, where the collision happened, since Turn 10," said Kvyat, due to the manner in which the Toro Rosso drivers had battled.
"Second of all, I didn't leave the track, me and the team both agreed; because the punishment was for leaving the track, we need to understand it.
"I [was] narrowly, but within the track limits, [so] we believe the penalty was too harsh.
On the contact with Sainz Jr., Kvyat said: "A racing driver knows when he sees what happens to me, that you're never going to be at a perfect line for Turn 12.
"So when you put yourself there, you know the collision is 90 per cent unavoidable.
"I believe had the other car been a bit more anticipating about [the situation], he would have been trying to get me back on the next straight.
"It didn't happen, you just put yourself there, and say to your team-mate, 'OK, you crash into me', that's what I believe happened.
"I completely disagree with penalty; yes of course there's responsibility on me also, but I think we both should be feeling responsible for what happened."
Sainz Jr., who retired for the third time in four races, declined to offer his thoughts on the clash.
"I'm not going to give any opinion about it as I think it's something to keep internally and analyse internally," he commented.
"But I think the images speaks for themselves, so I'm not going to comment about it."