Daniil Kvyat says the safety car and red flag timing at the Italian Grand Prix presented a “worst case” scenario for him, helping AlphaTauri Formula 1 team-mate Pierre Gasly win.
The Russian eventually finished ninth in the Italian GP, while his team mate scored a spectacular victory after a fortunately-timed pit stop propelled him to the front of the field.
Having qualified outside the top 10 Kvyat started on the hard tyres with the plan to run a long first stint, while Gasly – who qualified 10th – was on the softs.
The pair ran together in the opening stint of the race, and Kvyat felt he had the better pace as Gasly’s tyres lost their edge, and thus should have been allowed through.
He told the team: “I’m in dirty air all the time, so help me with that,” and referencing Gasly, added: “He’s making mistakes.”
AlphaTauri duly pitted