Japanese F1 GP: Red Bull's Kvyat to start from pitlane after crash

Daniil Kvyat will start the Japanese Grand Prix from the pitlane after heavily damaging his Red Bull Formula 1 car in the biggest crash of his racing career

Japanese F1 GP: Red Bull's Kvyat to start from pitlane after crash

The Russian brought out the red flags at the end of Q3 when he crashed at the kink before the Suzuka hairpin, smashing into the tyre barrier and rolling over before his car came to rest in the gravel trap.

Red Bull team principal Christian Horner said Kvyat will have to start from the pits on Sunday, after what will be "a very long night producing a car for him for tomorrow" as the team changes his chassis as well as the engine, floor and gearbox.

When asked to compare the crashes to others in his career, Kvyat said: "This is by far the hardest.

"I never rolled a car, so unfortunately there's a first time for everything. It was the harshest one of my career.

"They told me it was 20g or something. I'm not sure - I thought I could do better than that!

"You always try to straighten the braking for that corner and I probably did it too much and I just touched the grass there.

"It happens sometimes - it was my mistake, my error. Nothing special."

Kvyat has vowed to help his mechanics in any way he can with the rebuild process.

"I'm mostly sorry for the guys who will have quite a big job," he added.

"I wouldn't say the car looks great, so I will be supporting them tonight.

"I'm not as good as they are at building the car but I will try to stay with them as late as I can tonight."

RICCIARDO: SILLY ACCIDENT BUT EASY TO DO

Kvyat's Red Bull team-mate Daniel Ricciardo described the crash as "silly", but he said he could understand how it happened to Kvyat.

"It was spectacular, and it's got everyone talking," said the Australian, who qualified seventh. "I'm glad he's OK.

"You try to be greedy and use all the track possible, but sometimes it's easy - as silly an accident as it is - for that to happen.

"You're only using your peripheral vision to see the outside of the track - he would have been looking at the apex to the right.

"He wouldn't have been looking at the grass. Obviously he knew he was on the edge, but I don't think he expected to be on the grass."

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