Kvyat crashes hard at Suzuka, causing red flag in Q3

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Daniil Kvyat walked away unharmed from a hefty crash in the closing stages of qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka on Saturday, causing a red flag stoppage.

With less than one minute remaining in Q3, Kvyat ran wide at the left-hand kink before the turn 11 hairpin, touching the grass on the left hand side of the track.

The Russian driver’s car speared into the wall at high speed, causing a great deal of damage to the chassis and sending debris across the track. The session was red flagged immediately.

Red Bull’s pit wall quickly radioed Kvyat to make sure that he was unharmed, to which he responded: “Yeah, I’m okay.” Team principal Christian Horner confirmed after the session that Kvyat was slightly winded by the accident, but was otherwise fine.

The damage sustained by the RB11 car means that a pit lane start looks likely for Kvyat on Sunday as the team will inevitably have to break parc ferme restrictions to piece it back together. The Russian had been due to start from P10 at Suzuka.

The Japanese Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and Live Extra from 12:30am ET on Sunday.