Kvyat to get new chassis after qualifying crash

Daniil Kvyat will have to start from the pitlane for the Japanese Grand Prix after requiring a new chassis following his massive qualifying crash.

The Russian lost control of his Red Bull Racing car after his left rear wheel touched the white line on the entry to the right hander before the hairpin.

He hit the barriers hard on the left hand side of the track, before his car rolled over. Luckily, when he stopped, he ended up the right way up.

With significant damage to his car, Red Bull has decided to make up a new chassis for Kvyat overnight, and that will mean a pitlane start.

Staying with mechanics

After returning from the medical centre, where he was given the all-clear, Kvyat said he was mostly upset for the extra work he had caused his team of mechanics.

"It is a shame this crash, and I am disappointed about the missed opportunity," he explained. "During qualifying I had to keep learning, as our P3 didn't go completely to plan, and these things happen unfortunately.

"I am mostly sorry for the guys who will have to do quite a job. I would have said the car looked great, so I will be supporting them tonight.

"I am not as good as them at building the car but I will try to stay with them as long as I can tonight. I mainly feel sorry for him – but it was a lost opportunity because the lap wasn't looking too bad until then."

Biggest career crash

Kvyat said that the incident was the first time that he had ever rolled a racing car, and it was the biggest crash he had ever had.

"It was quite far the hardest for sure," he said. "I never had a car crash until now – maybe in karting. I never rolled.

"Unfortunately there is first time for everything and it felt the hardest one of my career."

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Series Formula 1
Event Japanese GP
Track Suzuka
Drivers Daniil Kvyat
Teams Red Bull Racing
Article type Breaking news