Daniil Kvyat believes his drive-through penalty was "harsh"

16-04-2019 12:24
by Louis Shaw
F1 News
Daniil Kvyat believes his drive-through penalty was harsh

Daniil Kvyat has said that he believes the drive-through penalty that he received during the Chinese Grand Prix was unfair and that it was a racing incident. The Toro Rosso driver had a meeting with the Stewards to discuss what happened. 

“We spoke, I think we found a good understanding but we disagreed on a few things,” Kvyat said to Crash.net. “It was a very long meeting and I think they kind of understand that they were quite harsh, I could feel it in their post-race conversation.

“I think it was a normal lap-one incident — one car coming from off the track and one car being sandwiched and I think to left enough space for one car certainly.

“The other car basically goes in the chain reaction, which was the car behind me, and then it was just a normal chain reaction. I didn’t see how that incident deserved a drive-through penalty, that’s for sure.”

Although Kvyat disagrees with their decision, he respects the outcome but hopes it won't happen again. 

“We want to respect this agreement,” he said. “It’s just that I think the incident was a very basic first-lap sandwich misunderstanding.

“There were three cars in one corner on exit. It was a chain reaction incident and I got hit. That’s what I felt, I got hit from behind. That’s all I felt. So, for me, it was very clear.”

Kvyat will hope that he has a cleaner race in Baku and that he can get some points. 

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