Kvyat attempted to overtake the two-time world champion at turn nine in the early stages of Q2 but they made contact. Alonso’s suspension was damaged but the Ferrari team managed to swiftly repair the car.
Both drivers were cleared of any fault. “The Stewards do not believe either driver were wholly or predominately to blame for the incident,” the stewards report read.
Alonso managed to qualify fourth for Sunday’s race despite a steering problem that was caused by the clash. “In a season when it takes a lot of time to make any sort of change to the cars, the guys managed to change the suspension in just a few minutes, which is a real record,” said the Spaniard.
“They also got me back out on track at the right moment, which meant I could get into Q3. The incident with Kvyat was unfortunate for both of us and was inevitable, because by the time I saw the Toro Rosso it was too late. As usual in the rain, visibility is significantly reduced and it becomes a lottery.”
Kvyat added: “The visibility was very poor for everyone and I think he didn’t see me and in the end, he turned into me. I think it was quite normal that he didn’t see me because there was so much spray.”
The Russian will start the race in 11th place after he was knocked out of qualifying in the second session by his team-mate Jean-Eric Vergne.
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