Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat escapes penalty after the team was able to prove his car had suffered damage which resulted in a slower time during Q2.
The stewards had found that Kvyat’s car had failed floor deflection tests during post qualifying scrutineering.
“The vertical deflection under a vertical load of 4000 Newton exceeded 5mm. As this is not in compliance with Article 3.17.5,” said a statement by the FIA’s technical delegate Jo Bauer.
Team representatives were then summoned to the stewards where they could argue their case. They were able to prove that Kvyat’s car had suffered and impact and was the cause of his slower lap time Q2.
The stewards decided that he had not gained an advantage and no further action was taken even though his car had failed the deflection tests.
“The team produced evidence that the car suffered an impact which reduced the down force and resulted with a slower lap time than in Q2,” said a statement by the stewards.
“Therefore whilst technically the car failed to pass the deflection test, the stewards have decided not to impose any penalty.
“However the team is reminded that further tests will be conducted and that future failure of the test may not result in the same decision.
“The FIA technical team is requested to further study the telemetry produced by the team and provide a report to the Stewards if appropriate.”
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