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Kvyat: No point further discussing China penalty

  • Published on 19 Apr 2019 17:14
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  • By: Fergal Walsh

Daniil Kvyat says there is no point continuing to talk about the drive-through penalty that he received at the Chinese Grand Prix.

On the opening lap of the race, the Russian made contact with both McLaren's at the exit of Turn 4, which resulted in both papaya-coloured cars returning to the pit lane for quick repairs.

After investigating the incident, the Stewards handed the Toro Rosso driver a drive-through penalty, which Kvyat disagreed with, stating that it was "a typical lap one sandwich".

Ahead of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix next weekend, Kvyat says that he must move on from the penalty as discussing it further will not bring his race in Shanghai back.

"After China, my opinion on the penalty decision relating to the first lap incident hasn’t changed, but the debate is over and we must move forward and look to Baku now," he said. 

"Thinking about what happened or discussing it further will not bring my race back. On the positive side, in Shanghai, qualifying was very satisfying and my pace in the race was very promising.

"We just have to keep working hard, not get disheartened, not give up and the results will come."

With the tricky Baku City Circuit hosting the fourth round of the 2019 Formula 1 world championship next weekend, Kvyat believes that the nature of the track will deliver some good opportunities for Toro Rosso.

"Baku is a very nice track, because it presents many challenges, with a bit of everything and overall it is fun to drive there," he said. "It’s a long track, with a very long straight and a lot of corners, which all makes for exciting racing and should present a good opportunity for us.

"The fun comes partly from all those walls that are very close to the track, which give you a real adrenaline rush. It’s a track with many overtaking opportunities and the long straight means you can fight other cars.

"It’s an interesting track as it is very demanding and you have to run slightly less downforce than you would do normally at a street circuit.

"Braking is also challenging so you have to be on top of that, especially approaching Turn 1 at very high speed at the end of the very long straight. You need to be precise with the braking points there. I will give it my all."

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  • I take it you didn't get your way with the stewards then, Kvyat? Mind, it did sure look like an RP hit him from behind and kinda pushed him into the McLarens, but I recon the stewards know better.

    That aside, I don't really expect the Hondas to do all that well in Baku. They'll probably go really low drag, which might compensate for the lack of power compared to Ferrari or Merc', but I will be surprised if they do well there.

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    • Apr 19 2019 - 20:10
  • f1ski

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    so calle i am not alone in my opinion danny was hit first

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    • Apr 21 2019 - 04:13
    • No, until I see clearer pics of the whole thing I'm leaning more towards him being hit.

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      • Apr 21 2019 - 16:04

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