Daniil Kvyat is the latest driver to refreshingly offer an opinion on one of the many directions that Formula One is taking. The Toro Rosso driver has backed Lewis Hamilton’s recent comments on Hungary’s ‘kerb sensors’ and the effect they are having on driver mentality.
Kvyat hasn’t had it easy since being dumped by Red Bull, but the Russian at least has a bit of wisdom. He recently made his feelings about the kerb sensors quite clear and believes strongly that Formula One should punish drivers for making mistakes into a corner.
“The kerbs are a joke. The kerbs are absolute bullshit. Just think of any bad word and you can imagine and go there.
All we are missing is the next step – like in Top Gear where they use the track for a time trial. They just have a car park, and paint the circuit with the lines, and they drive there and that is the next step. It can be only that. We go there no problems. This kerb is not doing anything to the grip.
Now we have to trust some new sensors. I don’t understand it. We just need to put grass there.
It is losing so much – it should be you go on the grass, you go on the gravel, that is it. But there – drivers push to the limit and the white lines are not enough.”
– Daniil Kvyat
Lewis Hamilton directed similar annoyance to the FOM “solution” on Friday after FP2. The reformed kerbs were the reason behind he spin. He was also baffled and said “It’s just a shame that they do these things sometimes, I don’t know why.”
Kvyat also referred to more traditional circuits like Zandevoort, where track perimeters are clearly defined by grass and gravel traps. You know, the obvious way to do it… He said,
“If you go to Zandvoort and you put two wheels off the track, you lose a day because you are in the wall. Now you lose your laptime if there is some sensor that said you went so far. We are doing a lot for safety, but some things that we had in the past that are old style, or old fashioned, should be kept. We cannot just paint the track with lines.
I don’t know what they want to do about it – they let us drive as we want or they change the kerbs where we cannot go four wheels off the track any more. That should be the case.”
– Daniil Kvyat
Hit the nail on the head there Daniil, it’s just a shame that the opinions of the actual drivers in this championship have absolutely no traction with the people running the sport.