Daniil Kvyat was on his final last and nearing the control line for the Mexican Grand Prix. He was sitting with just one lap in P10 and was desperate for a couple more knowing his fight with rival constructor Renault was so close. Fate had it that a driver of Renault was running in front of Kvyat.
He decided to make a dangerous move down the inside which ended up being a bit ambitious but instead of back out entirely, Kvyat left his nose out and tried to muscle his way in. He clipped the back-right of Hulkenberg who subsequently spiraled into the wall. Kvyat achieved his mission, but at a net two grid place loss. He was ultimately found to be guilty and dropped from the points and re-classified as P11.
It was last lap, last corner, obviously he was struggling with his tyres then I tried to put my nose there and he shut the door. I don’t know how the stewards will see it, but it felt to me last lap, last corner, you need to fight.
Not the best of answers, really. I think he knew what was coming. It could have been worse. But at the end of the day it cost him a little clout, I’m sure, with Hulkenberg but mostly just the handful of points he had pocketed from his move.
Hulkenberg seemed to have taken the incident relatively well having this to say after the race about Kvyat’s late move on the inside of turn 16:
Nico Hulkenberg’s Comments On His Kvyat Incident
I left significant space on the inside,” he said.
[Daniil’s] trying what you have to as a racing driver, so just one of these things in racing.
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