Daniil Kvyat appears to have shrugged off the accident that caused his early exit from Austrian Grand Prix qualifying by suggesting that he will continue to use the kerbs at the Red Bull Ring.
Track limits have been a topic of conversation throughout the opening two days of the meeting, with several suspension failures highlighting the dangers posed by both the conventional kerbs and recently-added 'baguettes' designed to deter drivers from straying too far off the prescribed surface in pursuit of better times.
After Nico Rosberg exited final practice in spectacular style following a failure on the Mercedes, both Sergio Perez and Kvyat suffered similar problems in the first part of qualifying, with the Russian enduring a bumpy ride into the turn nine tyre wall as a result. Although he wasn't hurt, Kvyat's Toro Rosso was too badly damaged to continue and he will start in the final third of the grid on Sunday.
Despite that, however, the former Red Bull driver insists that he will not be joining the calls for drivers to stay off the kerbs for the rest of the weekend, preferring to suggest that the kerbs themselves be removed.
“In quali, we obviously attack a lot those kerbs but, in FP1 and FP2, I drove the kerbs in the same way,” he noted, “Obviously, today, the suspension failed.
“When the suspension fails, you are a passenger and, at 220kph, it's a dangerous thing. I think, last year, we had astroturf at that corner, which is completely fine as, if you go there, you lose even more time. Now, if you go on the kerb, you continue because you don't lose time, but the suspension fails so….”
“For sure, we will do our bit as much as possible to investigate these things – but, even if we put a wall there, a wall would be safer because at least you know what's happening. There was no strong opinion from the drivers or anyone but, today, the consequences are stronger, as there are three suspensions broke and very similar failures. I think three different teams' suspension failures on kerbs, so I think they are in a place where they need to find a better solution.”
Asked whether it might just be better for the drivers to make a conscious effort to stay off the kerbs, Kvyat was typically forthright in his opinion…
“We are drivers and, if you give us a two kilometres of run-off area, we will try to use this as much as we can,” he explained, “Like I said, based on my experience yesterday, I went on that kerb and the suspension didn't fail. Today, it failed. So, yeah, I think only a pussy doesn't go there.
“At the last corner, I asked them 'Do we have track limits?' and they said 'No, we have no track limits' so Saturday we are working towards no track limits. So one corner has track limits another corner has no track limits. I think they should take [the kerbs] off. They've done a mistake, they have to admit that it's stupid.”