Kvyat reprimanded for Maldonado block

By on Saturday, May 24, 2014
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Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat has collected his first reprimand of the season after impeding Lotus's Pastor Maldonado during qualifying.

The stewards deemed that the Russian held up Maldonado at turn 19 during the opening qualifying session.

Both drivers made it through to Q2, with Kvyat eventually progressing through to the top 10 shootout.

The 20-year-old, making his first appearance in Monaco, wiped the front nose off of his STR9 when he made a mistake under braking at the Nouvelle Chicane in Q1.

"This was definitely the messiest qualifying session of my career," said Kvyat.

"In Q1 I lost the rear all of a sudden and touched the wall, so I had to come back to the pits for a nose change. I regained confidence straight away though and managed to do two good laps in Q2, which I’m very happy about.

"Unfortunately Q3 was a bit unlucky, because I was not able to go for a proper lap then, having started off on used option [tyres].

"When I went out for the final run on new options, I had to back off because of the yellow flag. Obviously this is frustrating because it is a track where you cannot overtake easily, but this is the way it is. We will now focus on preparing for tomorrow’s race, where we aim to finish in the points."

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