“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.”
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’.