AlphaTauri has taken responsibility for Daniil Kvyat’s heavy crash in the British Grand Prix, after the Russian had initially accepted blame for the incident.
On lap 12 Kvyat span off at Becketts and hammered into the tyre barrier, destroying his wings and suspension while being very close to hitting the bare metal fence just a few metres away.
Initially over team radio Kvyat accepted blame, despite it looking like he suffered a right-rear puncture and pundits concurring with this.
And post-race, Kvyat said: “I thought it was my fault, as at first I always tend to blame myself, but after reviewing the video we saw that something happened out of my control.
“We will need to check all the data to understand what exactly caused the failure.”
Damn that was huge crash, thank god Kvyat is okay! pic.twitter.com/PU4AanayW7
— Coke (@cokeYTF1) August 2, 2020
Team Principal Franz Tost echoed this sentiment, saying: “Daniil started the race from the back in P19, due to a 5-place grid position penalty, but he had a good start and was immediately very competitive, catching up to Pierre in P12.
“He was actually behind him when he had his accident at Maggotts, which we will need to investigate but it looks like it might be due to a rear puncture.”
The Russian had made a good start, rising from 19th to 12th and was running well in the opening stint of the race, despite a safety car. However, while it was a disappointment for the 26 car, Pierre Gasly secured a superb seventh to keep up AlphaTauri’s record of points in every race so far.
After missing out on Q3 by the narrowest of margins and lining up P11, Gasly dropped to 13th after the post-Kvyat safety car but fought his way back through to seventh, launching a stunning move on Lance Stroll up the inside of Abbey.
He also out-qualified and finished ahead of Alex Albon in the Red Bull top team, and Gasly said afterwards: “It was tough but very enjoyable and I had many great battles with Vettel, Stroll and Giovinazzi.
“I struggled to get close to Sebastian, but then I had one shot to pass him and I knew I had to try and make it work.
“It doesn’t happen every day that you’re able to overtake a Ferrari on the outside, so I really enjoyed that one!”