Daniil Kvyat’s F1 racing car is under investigation by the Monaco Grand Prix race stewards after failing post-qualifying F1 scrutineering checks.
The former Red Bull F1 driver had set the ninth the fastest time in qualifying at Monaco GP, and was poised to start from eight from the grid with Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen dropping five places after Raikkonen’s Ferrari car required a new gearbox following final practice.
However, following FIA technical checks on the Russian driver revealed that it does not comply the FIA regulations regarding front-floor detection.
A report from the FIA’s technical delegate Jo Bauer read: “The vertical deflection under a vertical load of 4000 Newton exceeded 5mm. As this is not in compliance with Article 3.17.5 I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”
One possible theory provided by Kvyat, prior to the investigation being announced, is that he hit a kerb quite hard during a qualifying session, damaging his racing car.
If Kvyat’s car is found to be in breach of the FIA’s regulations then Kvyat will have his qualifying time deleted and he will be forced to start from the back of the grid.
“It was all good, a very good start and a very bad end,” Kvyat said in a statement, via the Motorsport. “I was on for a very good lap in the last run, for P5, but I think I hit the kerb really hard at Turn 14 – the swimming pool.
Daniil Kvyat, a Russian-born F1 driver, has joined F1 racing as a Toro Rosso driver in 2014 finishing 15th in the F1 World Championships. Last year, he moved to Red Bull for the 2015 season and team up with Daniel Ricciardo. However, earlier this month, Red Bull made a huge announcement that Toro Rosso driver and F1 champ Max Verstappen would be replaced Kvyat, and Kvyat would be returned back to Toro Rosso.
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