"Embarrassing" Kvyat deserves to miss races - Villeneuve


Daniil Kvyat should be dropped from his Toro Rosso Formula 1 race seat, even if it is only temporarily, following his recent on and off track performances, says Jacques Villeneuve.

Kvyat collided with teammate Carlos Sainz during the British Grand Prix after he ran wide in the Becketts sequence and slid back onto the track, while Sainz was alongside him.

The incident put Sainz out of the race and though Kvyat continued with a damaged car, he was handed a drive-through penalty for rejoining the track in a dangerous manner.

Kvyat said he felt Sainz could have helped them avoiding the collision if he had anticipated the situation better, with Sainz saying he would rather discuss the matter privately with the team rather than give his view in public.

"I'm not sure what Kvyat is trying to do," 1997 F1 world champion Villeneuve told Motorsport.com. "Do you know what the worst aspect of it is? He then comes on the radio trying to put the blame on his teammate, thinking no one has seen it.

"That shows a bad attitude. He deserves to stay home. It has become embarrassing. He got sideways when he got back in the next corner and if Sainz had not been there, he would have gone off anyway.

"He should be left home for a bit so he can think about it because it's not the first weekend he's been a bit over the top. Maybe F1 is too fast for him, I don't know."

The collision came a race after he was given a drive-through penalty for rear-ending Fernando Alonso's McLaren at the start in Austria.

Earlier in the year, he was penalised for reclaiming his starting position having failed to get away at the start of the formation lap in Canada.

When asked if he felt the stewards are punishing him in particular, Kvyat replied: "I believe so."

But Villeneuve thinks that's the wrong approach to take in this situation.

"If you keep pointing the finger, then you never learn," he said. "You should always blame yourself, even when it's not - that's the only way you can make yourself better.

"When it's clearly 100 percent your fault, and by a huge margin, the attitude of trying to put the blame on someone else makes it pathetic.

"Normally drivers don't even get a second chance - he's had plenty and he doesn't seem to learn."

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Series Formula 1
Drivers Daniil Kvyat
Teams Toro Rosso
Article type Breaking news