Having walked away from a huge crash unscathed, Daniil Kvyat was quick to apologise to his Red Bull mechanics following qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.
Kvyat qualified 10th at Suzuka on Saturday, but the final session was red-flagged after the Russian touched the grass heading into the Hairpin, smashing into the barriers before his Red Bull flipped and eventually came to rest, shorn of much of its backend.
The 21-year-old confirmed from the cockpit that he was unharmed and, after heading for precautionary medical checks, Kvyat was quick to look ahead to Sunday’s race, which could see him start from the pit lane.
When asked for an update on his condition, Kvyat told Sky Sports: “Good, thanks. It’s okay… more disappointment than pain.
“Just a rookie mistake, I put two wheels on the grass. There was no run off area and it was quite logical I think.
“It [the car] looks really bad, I must say!
“I’m sorry to the guys because it’s been a tough couple of races and with this accident its extra work for the guys. We’re starting P10 – I don’t know what will happen now, I have no idea.”
Nico Rosberg was in position to take advantage of the session’s early exit, having pipped Lewis Hamilton to the top of the timesheets.
The German started last year’s Suzuka showpiece from pole, but lost out to his Mercedes colleague in the race.