Kvyat says F1 stewarding a "stupid circus"

Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat described Formula 1 stewarding as a "stupid f****** circus" and strongly criticised race director Charlie Whiting after a double Canadian Grand Prix penalty.

Kvyat says F1 stewarding a "stupid circus"
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
Charlie Whiting, FIA Race Director
Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-17, Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, Stoffel Vandoorne, McLaren MCL32, Fernando Alonso, McLaren MCL32, Kevin Magnussen, Haas F1 Team VF-17 and Jolyon Palmer, Renault Sport F1 Team RS17
Charlie Whiting, FIA Delegate
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR12, serves a drive-through penalty

Kvyat's car failed to get away at the start of the Montreal formation lap, but he then contravened F1 regulations by reclaiming his 11th position on the grid.

The rules only permit a driver slow away to return to their grid slot if they can recover all the positions by the first safety car line, otherwise they must start from the pitlane.

Kvyat was initially given a drive-through penalty but the stewards later announced it should have been a 10-second stop/go penalty so made him take that penalty too.

"They have a job to do which is not so difficult in my opinion and they cannot do the job properly," said Kvyat. "They were clearly sleeping today in their office, so maybe they needed some coffee there.

"They should cancel this stupid rule. Who is this rule for? Are we taxi drivers here or Formula 1 drivers? I don't understand this. It's a circus, a stupid f****** circus.

"I will go and talk to Charlie. It's annoying me, it's really annoying me. A simple job, and he can't even do that job properly.

"Maybe it's better to go in the back room because now the heat is up for me I will not want to say anything wrong to any of them and I'm not really sure it's Charlie.

"I want to understand first of all who does this job. All I know is our team manager was for 10 laps arguing with the FIA that we shouldn't get another additional penalty and they said 'no, sorry, we have this'."

When Kvyat took the extra 10s penalty, a wheelnut problem caused a severe pitstop delay and prompted his subsequent retirement.

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Series Formula 1
Event Canadian GP
Location Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve
Drivers Daniil Kvyat
Teams AlphaTauri
Author Matt Beer
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