Kvyat set for Red Bull talks after Sochi ‘disaster’

Daniil Kvyat will sit down with the Red Bull F1 chiefs to talk about the costly mistake he made at the start of the Russian Grand Prix, Helmut Marko says.

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The 22-year-old hit Sebastian Vettel at Turn 2, with the German then tagging the other RB12 of team-mate Daniel Ricciardo. Kvyat ended Vettel’s afternoon when he ran into the rear of the Ferrari a second time at the next corner.

With both Red Bulls also forced to make an unscheduled pit stop, their race was effectively ruined on the opening lap. Although Marko understands Kvyat’s eagerness to perform on home soil, the motorsport advisor says his actions were unwarranted.

“Let’s put it this way: Kvyat was over-motivated,” Marko is quoted by Motorsport.com. “Braking too late once and hitting another car would be acceptable in front of his home crowd, but this doesn’t apply for the second crash.

“It’s a pity because he did not only ruin Vettel’s race and [Daniel] Ricciardo’s race, but also his own race. He had to do an extra stop. It was a day of disaster for Red Bull.

Marko explained he did want to address the issue with Kvyat in the direct aftermath of the race, but added that he will have a chat with the former GP3 Series champion in the next couple of days.

“Let’s cool down a bit. During the week we will talk about this.”

While Kvyat’s strong podium finish in China somehow dispelled the rumours about fellow Red Bull stablemate Max Verstappen taking his seat in 2017, these are bound to return in the wake of his hot-headed behaviour in Sochi.

Ricciardo said after the race that Kvyat owed him and a few people an apology for his first-lap error.

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