Kvyat’s car ‘didn’t want to race’

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Red Bull Racing arrives on the grid during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool  // P-20160320-00247 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //
MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Red Bull Racing arrives on the grid during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160320-00247 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

Daniil Kvyat’s Australian Grand Prix was over before the lights went out as his car shut down before he got to the grid.

The Russian was left stricken at the back of the grid as the rest of the field formed up at the start, leaving him to watch the race from the pits, rather than out on track.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Red Bull Racing gets ready on the grid during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool  // P-20160320-00249 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 20: Daniil Kvyat of Russia and Red Bull Racing gets ready on the grid during the Australian Formula One Grand Prix at Albert Park on March 20, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images) // Getty Images / Red Bull Content Pool // P-20160320-00249 // Usage for editorial use only // Please go to www.redbullcontentpool.com for further information. //

It capped a miserable weekend for the 21-year-old, who could only qualify 18th on the grid.

Kvyat’s Red Bull Racing debut last season ended a similar way, with the Russian left to question his luck Down Under.

He said: “It looks like an electronic issue put us out of the race before it started.

“I think Australia doesn’t seem to be the luckiest place for me so far.

“The car just shut itself off – I guess it didn’t want to do the race today, but we’ll be back in Bahrain and we’ll start again from there!”