Daniil Kvyat says he can sympathise with the organisers of the Russian Grand Prix after a diesel spillage by a course vehicle caused issues on the first day of free practice at the Sochi Autodrom.
A diesel spillage from a course vehicle at turns seven and eight shortly before the start of FP1 forced organisers to delay the session by 30mins to necessitate a large clean-up operation, which eventually resulted in fire-fighting hoses being used to pressure-wash the oil off.
When the session did eventually get underway, the drivers were forced to complete their opening laps on intermediate rubber in order to negotiate the damp parts of the track. However, even once the soiled corners had fully dried, the remnants of the diesel would create more issues, with several drivers running wide or spinning off.
With FP2 proceeding to be washed out by rainy weather, whilst local hero Kvyat was frustrated to miss out on any meaningful running, he says the track invader at the Singapore Grand Prix is indicative that unexpected problems can occur anywhere.
“I think someone will be punished today,” the Red Bull driver joked. “But in Singapore there was a man walking on the track so it can happen anywhere. These things sometimes happen.
“It is not great because it spoiled P1, it was the only dry session and it would have helped the teams to get a good reference for tomorrow but if everyone was in same conditions, so everyone will have to work harder tomorrow.”