Kvyat: Zero tolerance track limits better than “joke” kerbs

Daniil Kvyat believes that the zero tolerance approach to track limits employed at Silverstone is a better solution than the kerbs used in Austria last weekend, which he labelled “a joke”.

Kvyat: Zero tolerance track limits better than “joke” kerbs
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 leads team mate Carlos Sainz Jr., Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso STR11 spins
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso in trouble
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso in trouble
Daniil Kvyat, Scuderia Toro Rosso after a big crash
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31
Fernando Alonso, McLaren
Fernando Alonso, McLaren MP4-31

Kvyat suffered a huge crash in Q1 at the Red Bull Ring when his suspension broke under the loads it suffered as he ran wide over the multiple-kerb system employed at Turn 8.

At Silverstone, track limits are instead being enforced by stewards removing times for drivers who run wide over the track's flatter kerbs at three corners where an advantage is gained: Copse, Stowe and Club.

"It should be zero tolerance," asserted Kvyat. "In Austria it was a joke. Even if the kerbs here are still strange, they were wise enough to apply zero tolerance.

"I support it, we're professional drivers and we should know our limits."

"There has to be more consistency"

Kvyat believes the Silverstone approach should be employed at all circuits, so that aggressive kerbs – with the potential to cause accidents like his in Austria – aren't required.

"I think it's the right approach," he added. "There has to be more consistency, more direction.

"Put real grass outside the kerb, and then an asphalt area. There has to be something where we lose enough grip – or a tiny gravel bed, so we don't go there.

"But when there is this stupid 50mm kerb like in Austria, you think you might use it and escape – but then my suspension breaks and I'm in big shit.

"There has to be something black and white, nothing in between. Like zero tolerance here."

Alonso accepts situation, despite losing Q3 time

McLaren's Fernando Alonso lost one of his laps in Q3 due to exceeding track limits, but accepted the ruling. 

"We saw many incidents today," said Alonso. "Unfortunately we had one in Q3 and that is the way it is.

"How to improve the situation? I have no idea. We have been having this issue for some years already now in Austria, also here, and it is the way it is. This is a sport that has all these things.

"And sometimes you finish the race and you know the result four or five hours after – when the stewards decide something. It is F1."

Additional reporting by Oleg Karpov & Jonathan Noble

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