AUSTIN – Daniil Kvyat will start tomorrow’s United States Grand Prix from the back of the grid after being slapped with a 10-place penalty by the stewards following another engine component change.
The Toro Rosso driver switched to a seventh internal combustion engine (ICE) ahead of today’s running at the Circuit of The Americas, thus breaching the new, stricter engine regulations for the 2014 season.
The statement from the stewards reads as follows:
“The seventh internal combustion engine has been sued by car #26. This is in breach of article 28.4a of the FIA Formula 1 Sporting Regulations.
“A 10 grid position penalty is imposed in accordance with Article 28.4c, as this is the first time a seventh power unit element has been used.”
Kvyat qualified in 14th position today in Austin, finishing at the bottom of the timesheets in Q2.
“Today’s Q2 was more promising, but at the end we couldn’t do better than this,” Kvyat said. “We just had no pace and now we have to understand why. We really didn’t have the speed and we’ve been struggling with the car, the tyres and the grip.
“In addition, this weekend and the next one in Brazil are compromised by the 10 grid positions penalty. We have to accept the truth, we had a poor qualifying.
“Anyway we’ll try to do our best, making the most out of the car. Yesterday’s long runs worked quite well, so we’ll see what we can achieve tomorrow.”
As mentioned, Kvyat will also receive a six-place grid penalty for the race in Brazil next weekend as he can only serve four of the 10 places in Austin. The new engine penalties for 2014 state that the remainder of any sanction must be carried over for one additional race weekend.