Kvyat now two points away from race ban

Date published: July 29 2017

Daniil Kvyat is tip-toeing on very thin ice after been given a three-place grid penalty and a penalty point for holding up Lance Stroll in qualifying at Hungary.

'The Torpedo' now has 10 penalty points on his superlicence and is just two more away from a race ban, None of the penalty points will expire until at least October.

The stewards said in a statement: "The stewards examined video, driver radio communications, timing data, telemetry and car positioning data evidence and heard from Daniil Kvyat, Lance Stroll and the team representatives.

"The stewards determined that Kvyat was on an exceptionally slow lap having spun earlier and damaged his tyres. 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."

"I have to accept their decision," Kvyat told reporters. "Unfortunately we had a miscommunication with the team, the team didn't tell me anyone was coming.

"Unfortunately it happens. I was asked to bring the car in slowly because of vibrations. The speed was so different and when I saw him, I went on the grass but for them it was not enough even that.

"I think they like to make an example out of me."

Kvyat is now due to start from P16 at the Hungaroring on Sunday.