After being reported to the Stewards for failing an initial front floor deflection test, Toro Rosso’s Daniil Kvyat has escaped punishment and will keep his grid position for tomorrow’s Monaco Grand Prix.

Kvyat was on track for a good starting position having finished in the top five on two occasions throughout the weekend’s sessions, although on his flying lap he hit one of the kerbs too hard which compromised his time.

“I think I hit the kerb really hard at Turn 14 – the Swimming Pool – and I think something broke,” Kvyat said.

“The last three corners I was just a passenger, I just couldn’t turn, so I lost a lot of lap time there and unfortunately it ended up being a shit lap.”

This caught the eye of the Stewards, as running over a kerb at speed shouldn’t have – in theory – caused significant damage to the car’s handling.

However, after an investigation into the matter, the Stewards decided against giving the Russian a grid penalty.

“The team produced evidence that the car suffered an impact which reduced the downforce and resulted with a slower lap time than in Q2,” a statement from the FIA read.

“Therefore, whilst technically the car failed to pass the deflection test, the Stewards have decided not to impose any penalty. However, the team is reminded that further tests will be conducted and that future failure of the test may not result in the same decision.”

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