The Russian scrapped his next jog in Q 2 after the out-lap and was resigned to 15th place on the grid.

His absence from the dying moments of the department permitted team mate Alexander Albon to leapfrog him in the time-sheets, the Anglo-Thai rookie beating Kvyat in qualifying to the 2nd grand prix weekend running.

“There clearly was an operational dilemma,” Kvyat told press about his aborted 2nd Q 2 conduct, however the Russian denied to elaborate about what exactly had happened.

When pressed if this meant that a challenge in his STR14he said: “clearly. Not with me. ”

However, Kvyat’s conversations with his pitwall during Q 2 have revealed the Russian’s surprise running on used tyres in his final effort.

Kvyat had done the conventional two runs to get out of Q1, and should have had some other set of fresh softs open after his initial effort in the second segment.

However, as he ventured out of those pits, a quizzical Kvyat inquired the team: “Why do I’ve used tyres? ”

Hurry engineer Mattia Spini reacted during Kvyat’s out-lap, finally calling him straight into the pits and acknowledging to the Russian which there wasn’t enough time at the session to change rubber and return to the pits.

“Exactly what was that, guys?

Teammate Albon’s second run elevated the rookie to 12th, and he had been just 0.042s off from making his eponymous Q 3 appearance.

“It felt a little bit like Melbourne – we were on the rear at FP2 and FP3, just struggling with the trail and it appeared as if everyone else was slipping about a piece and myself included.

“Now there were some things in FP3 that I wasn’t happy together and we staged a few of that out for quali – therefore in my first lap I already thought that it had been far more forgiving and predictable, so that’s the pace came out.

“With regards to qualifying, I’m pleased with the operation and also we should will be around in Q 3.

“I ran wide because very final corner, that didn’t lose me as much time as I thought but that I presume we were coping with four hundredths to Kimi [Raikkonen at P10]. It’SA shame. ”

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