“I made con­tact. I had no choice. I had the Red Bull com­ing on the in­side like a mad­man. And I hit Kimi… Kvyat’s at­tack was sui­ci­dal. There was al­ways go­ing to be a crash.”

F1 Racing - - RAGE -

2016 Chi­nese Grand Prix Driv­ing into your team-mate in For­mula 1 is the car­di­nal sin. But should such calamity strike, the usual re­sponse is to de­ploy the Te­flon shoul­ders and make ab­so­lutely cer­tain that the blame is di­verted else­where. Good if you can stick it to your team-mate; bet­ter if you can hang it on a third party. Seen from the on­board cam­eras, Vet­tel may have had a point with this one; he does ap­pear to be the fill­ing in a Räikkö­nen-Kvyat sand­wich and was thus faced with very few op­tions – though the stew­ards went down the route of ‘rac­ing in­ci­dent’.

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