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Kvyat Exits European Grand Prix Early

By Joey Barnes, Editor-in-Chief

Daniil Kvyat became the first retirement of the European Grand Prix, exiting on lap 8 with suspension issues.

The Russian enjoyed a solid Saturday, qualifying seventh and looking like a strong contender for solid points, but Kvyat’s quest came to a halt as he encountered a second retirement in the last three races.

“There was an issue with the suspension, so we had to retire the car very early on in the race,” Kvyat said. “Unfortunately, we need to investigate what happened and try to understand the issue.”

The Toro Rosso showed incredible pace all weekend at Baku City Circuit prior to the race, but the 22-year-old admitted the early exit is just becoming the norm in what has been a season to forget.

“I’m quite used to disappointments lately, so I’m okay.”

Of note: Kvyat’s Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz retired on lap 33, citing a suspension issue over the team radio.

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Joey Barnes is the Founder of Motorsports Tribune. He has covered auto racing since 2013 that has spanned from Formula 1 to NASCAR, with coverage on IndyCar. Additionally, his work has appeared on Racer, and Autoweek magazine. In 2017, he was recognized with an award in Spot News Writing by the National Motorsports Press Association.

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