Daniil Kvyat claims the Chinese Grand Prix stewards agree that the penalty imposed on him for his first lap crash with both McLarens was “quite harsh”.

The Torpedo returned to Formula 1 action on Sunday as Kvyat hit both Carlos Sainz and Lando Norris at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix.

The Toro Rosso driver was handed a drive-through penalty for the incident, which he was feels was unfair.

“This was, I think, a normal lap one incident – one car coming from off the track, and one car being sandwiched, and me leaving space enough for one car certainly,” he told Autosport.

“The other car basically caused the chain reaction, which was the car behind me, and then it was just a normal chain reaction, so I didn’t see how that incident deserved a drive-through penalty, that’s for sure.”

The Russian driver met with the stewards after the race to discuss the penalty, revealing that while they didn’t see eye-to-eye on everything, they also felt it was a “harsh” call.

“I think we found a good understanding, but we disagree on few things, and it was a very long meeting,” said Kvyat.

“I think they kind of understand that they were quite harsh today, I could feel it in the post-race conversation.”

He added: “I don’t want to go in details, because I think we closed behind closed doors.

“So I think we want to respect this agreement.

“But I think the incident was a very basic first lap sandwich and misunderstanding.

“It was three cars in one corner exit. It was a chain reaction, an incident, and I got hit – that’s what I felt, that I got hit from behind, that’s all I felt really.

“So for me it was pretty clear.”