Kvyat to start from back of grid due to engine penalty

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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.

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Keating stripped of Le Mans GTE-Am win; No. 68 Ganassi entry also disqualified

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FIA stewards announced Monday that two Ford GT entries have been disqualified from this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, including the GTE-Am class-winning No. 85 entry from privateer Keating Motorsports.

Also DQ’d was the factory No. 68 Chip Ganassi Racing entry of Joey Hand, Dirk Mueller and Sebastien Bourdais, which initially finished fourth in the GTE-Pro class.

Both entries were found in violation of fuel capacity regulations, with the No. 85 entry also failing to meet the minimum refueling time during pit stops.

The refueling system on the No. 85 entry, driven by Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen and Felipe Fraga, measured a time of 44.4 seconds during a stop, just shy of the minimum required time of 45 seconds.

As a result, the team was initially issued a 55.2-second post-race penalty by officials, which elevated the No. 56 Team Project 1 Porsche 911 RSR of Joerg Bergmeister, Patrick Lindsey, and Egidio Perfetti to the class win.

The time penalty was calculated by the difference in the refueling time (0.6 seconds) multiplied by the amount of pit stops made by the team (23), then multiplied by four.

The No. 85 entry was set to finish second in class, but then received an outright DQ after its fuel capacity was also revealed to be 0.1 liters above the maximum permitted capacity of 96 liters.

As for Ganassi’s No. 68 entry, it was found to have a fuel capacity of 97.83 liters, which is above the maximum allowed capacity of 97 liters for the GTE-Pro Fords.

The No. 67 Ford of Andy Priaulx, Harry Tincknell, and Jonathan Bomarito subsequently moves up to fourth, and the No. 69 Ford of Scott Dixon, Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook moves up to fifth.

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