An unhappy Daniil Kvyat said the penalty which cost him a points finish in the United States Grand Prix is “not what our sport needs”.Sergio Perez while passing the Racing Point driver on the final lap.
“I think was a harsh but fair move,” said Kvyat. “It was great racing like we want to see and what we have seen this season without other drivers being penalised.”
His five-second time penalty restored Perez to 10th place and left Kvyat 12th. “I’m very upset and disappointed about this penalty because I don’t think this is what our sport needs,” he said.
The stewards examined video of the collision and handed down a swift post-race penalty without speaking to the drivers involved. “Car 11 [Perez] was in front immediately prior to the apex of the corner,” they noted, “car 26 [Kvyat] ‘dived’ down the inside, had a small lock up and bounced off the kerb, which moved the car to the outside of the exit of the corner, colliding with car 11.”
In addition to his five-second time penalty Kvyat was given a penalty point on his licence, taking him up to a total of five.
Perez accused his rival of failing to slow under yellow flags earlier in the lap in order to get into position to attack him.
“He overdid it a bit too much,” said Perez. “Under the yellow flag, he didn’t lift, he attacked me straight away after the yellow flag and then into 15 he just crashed into me.”
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