Kvyat gets three-place drop, closer to race ban
29 July 2017 – Daniil Kvyat has been given a three-place grid penalty for the Hungarian Grand Prix, after the stewards determined that he impeded Lance Stroll in qualifying.
Williams rookie Stroll was on his final Q1 run when he approached the slow-moving Kvyat through Turn 11, shortly after the Toro Rosso driver had spun off.
Stroll dropped out of the first qualifying phase in 17th, with the stewards subsequently looking into the incident, examining video, team radio messages and telemetry.
Despite Kvyat's efforts to move out of the way when he saw Stroll, the stewards opted to give him a grid penalty, describing his driving as "exceptionally slow".
He also picked up another penalty point, giving him a total of 10 for the 12-month period, and leaving him just two away from a one-race ban.
"The stewards determined that Kvyat was on an exceptionally slow lap having spun earlier and damaged his tyres," read a note from the stewarding panel.
"The stewards acknowledged that he was warned by the team very late of the approach of Stroll who was on a fast lap. Further, Kvyat pulled as far to the right as he could as soon as he saw Stroll.
"However, the stewards considered that these were not mitigating factors.
"Kvyat was driving exceptionally slowly and taking the racing line at the end of Q1 when other drivers were attempting to set fast laps and this led to the unnecessary impeding."
Kvyat qualified 13th, meaning he will drop to 16th, promoting Force India's Sergio Pérez and Haas pair Romain Grosjean and Kevin Magnussen.