Kvyat left fuming by 'stupid' yellow kerbs


Toro Rosso driver Daniil Kvyat labelled the raised kerbs at the Red Bull Ring "stupid" after crashing during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Kvyat crashed in Q1 after his suspension failed between the final two corners on a day when several other drivers suffered similar issues. 

Both Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg and Force India's Sergio Perez broke their suspensions after running over kerbs around other parts of the circuit. 

"They should take them off," Kvyat said. "They've done a mistake, they have to admit that it's stupid.

"Last year we had Astroturf at that corner, which is completely fine - you lose time.

"Now if you go on the kerb you continue because you don't lose time, but the suspension fails."

Red Bull's Max Verstappen suffered front wing damage on Friday after going off at the same part of the circuit as Kvyat, but was told to move on by the rest of the paddock.

"All the drivers were very happy with the kerbs, so maybe now they're not so happy," the 18-year-old said. "You could clearly see what happened today and I experienced it yesterday."

However, while Verstappen and Kvyat's issues are with the raised yellow kerbs at the final part of the circuit, Mercedes boss Toto Wolff said the extensive use of the red ones around the rest of the track are causing the issue.

"It is a concern. The strange thing is at the beginning it seemed we had spikes of loads," he said. 

"But once we analysed the data there was not much load on the suspension. So it is some kind of strange frequency or oscillation on the tyre that makes the suspension break. And we don't know what it is.

"It looks like it's the red kerbs, which are new, which triggers that."

Race organisers - the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile - are not expected to make any changes to the track ahead of Sunday's race.