After a chaotic first corner at the Chinese Grand Prix, Sebastian Vettel has pointed the finger at Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat for causing the incident between them and his teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
Kvyat had enjoyed a good start from fifth and was diving down the inside of the first corner just as Raikkonen had run wide, when the Finn made his return to the track, Vettel was taking evasive action to Kvyat’s move and ran into the side of Raikkonen’s car.
The impact between the teammates saw both drop down the order with Raikkonen forced to pit for a new nose.
Following the incident, Vettel was quick to radio his team to explain what had happened and put the blame solely on Kvyat, calling the move “suicidal”.
But the feud – albeit in Vettel’s mind – didn’t end there, as the four-time world champion approached Kvyat after the race before the pair were due to take the podium.
“You ask what happened at the start? If I didn’t go to the left, you’d have crashed into us and we’d all three go out,” Vettel fumed.
“You came like a torpedo. If I’d kept going on the same line, we’d have crashed.”
Kvyat, ecstatic with his race which brought him his second podium of his career, defended his move and seemed unfazed by Vettel’s assault.
“Then don’t keep going…” Kvyat replied to Vettel.
During the podium interviews, Kvyat continued to defend himself as Vettel was still clearly upset at the Russian’s driving.
“”You see a gap, you go for it,” he said.
“Yeah, it was a risky move, I agree with Seb, but this kind of move can bring you podiums. He’s on the podium, I’m on the podium, it’s fine.
“I will keep on risking like this, and I hope he respects that.”
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