Daniil Kvyat’s Toro Rosso is under investigation by the Monaco Grand Prix stewards after his car has failed a post-qualifying scrutineering check.
Kvyat qualified ninth for Sunday’s race, and was poised to start from eighth on the grid with Kimi Raikkonen dropping five places after his Ferrari required a new gearbox following final practice. However, following customary checks on Kvyat’s car it has been discovered it does not comply the regulations regarding front-floor detection.
A report from FIA technical delegate Jo Bauer read: “The vertical deflection under a vertical load of 4000 Newton exceeded 5mm. As this is not in compliance with Article 3.17.5 [of the FIA technical regulations] I am referring this matter to the stewards for their consideration.”
A member of the Toro Rosso team has been summoned to offer an explanation, with the possibility Kvyat may have his qualifying time deleted if a suitable answer is not provided with regard to the failure.
One possible theory provided by Kvyat, prior to the investigation being announced, is that he drove hard over a curb during qualifying, damaging the car.
“I was on for a very good lap, on for P5, but I hit the curb pretty hard around Turn 14, the Swimming Pool, and I think something broke,” said Kvyat. “The last three corners I was a passenger, so I lost a lot of time there.
“I need to speak to the engineers to get the conclusion on what happened. That’s only my theory.
“I had potential, but by the time I got to Q3 I lost concentration and pace. People kept improving and we took a step back.”