Kvyat to start from pit lane in Japan after crash

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Daniil Kvyat will start tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix from the pit lane after crashing out in the closing stages of qualifying on Saturday.

Coming through the high-speed left-hand kink on the run down to turn 11, Kvyat touched the grass, causing his car to lose control and spear into the tire wall with considerable force.

The Russian walked away from the incident unharmed, but the same could not be said of his car which had been left in a number of pieces following the crash.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner confirmed that Kvyat would be starting tomorrow’s race from the pit lane, as his crew must break parc ferme restrictions to get the car repaired for the race.

“The most important thing today is that Dany is alright after what was a very big accident in Q3,” Horner said. “It’s a testament to the strength of these cars and shows why safety is always our priority in this sport.

“Clearly, we will have a very long night producing a car for him to race tomorrow. He will have to start from pit lane and has nothing to lose so he will be running an aggressive race.”

Kvyat revealed that the crash marked the first time he had rolled a car in his racing career, but felt more frustrated than hurt in the aftermath of the incident.

“I’ve never rolled a racing car before and they say there’s a first time for everything,” Kvyat said. “I’m feeling more disappointment than pain.

“I put two wheels on the grass and there was not much run off area at that point so it put me straight into the wall. I was pushing hard after a messy FP3 and this is the consequence of going over the limit.

“The car looks really bad and I’m sorry for the guys who have already had a tough couple of weeks and now they have even more work to do.

“Where would I have finished? I don’t know, but it should have been looking better than P10, because the car felt good in the fast sections, even though we lack the speed in a straight line. Tomorrow, we will try our best as usual.”

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