Daniil Kvyat has escaped exclusion from qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix despite his Toro Rosso car failing a technical check.
Kvyat qualified ninth in Monaco on Saturday, and was due to start the race from eighth on the grid after Kimi Raikkonen was given a grid penalty for a gearbox change.
However, Kvyat looked set to be excluded from qualifying when his car failed a front floor deflection test after the session.
“A front floor deflection test was carried on car number 26 [Kvyat],” FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer wrote.
“The vertical deflection under a vertical load of 4000 Newton exeeded 5mm.
“As this is not in compliance with Article 3.17.5 I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”
However, the stewards confirmed that Kvyat’s car had failed the test due to damage sustained during qualifying, prompting them to allow him to keep P8 on the grid.
“The team produced evidence that the car suffered an impact which reduced the downforce and resulted with a slower lap time than in Q2,” the stewards said.
“Therefore whilst technically the car failed to pass the deflection test, the stewards have decided not to impose any penalty. However the team is reminded that further tests will be conducted and that future failure of the test may not result in the same decision.
“The FIA technical team is requested to further study the telemetry produced by the team and provide a report to the Stewards if appropriate.”
Kvyat spoke of damage to his car that may have contributed to the floor failing the technical check after qualifying.
“I’m not happy with my qualifying today,” Kvyat said.
“I think I hit a curb hard in the third sector during my last run and I don’t know if this is maybe the reason why we lost a bit of time in Q3.
“The car certainly behaved differently compared to Q2, so we now have to analyze this, because we could’ve finished in a higher position than P9. It’s quite disappointing as we know we have a strong car with huge potential.
“Having said this, I’m confident for tomorrow, we have a good chance of scoring points and we will fight hard for them.”
The Monaco Grand Prix is live on NBC from 7:30am ET on Sunday, with F1 Countdown beginning on NBCSN at 7am.