‘The move was, frankly, pants’

Wooden Spoon win­ner,

Motor Sport News - - Round 04 - By Stephen Lick­o­r­ish

Red Bull Rac­ing boss Chris­tian Horner has apol­o­gised to for­mer driver Se­bas­tian Vet­tel on be­half of Daniil Kvyat af­ter the pair col­lided for a sec­ond suc­ces­sive race in Rus­sia last week­end.

The pair again made con­tact on the open­ing lap in Sochi, af­ter Vet­tel had pub­licly crit­i­cised the Rus­sian’s at­tempted move at the first cor­ner in the pre­vi­ous race at China.

This time Red Bull racer Kvyat hit Vet­tel’s Fer­rari twice. First they col­lided into Turn 2 when Kvyat claimed his rear brakes locked and he ploughed into the Ger­man – which sent him into the path of the other Red Bull of Daniel Ric­cia­rdo.

Then Kvyat again hit Vet­tel at Turn 3 when he said the Fer­rari ap­peared to slow un­ex­pect­edly. Kvyat’s ac­tions led to Vet­tel speak­ing to Horner dur­ing the race, af­ter the Fer­rari ended up in the bar­ri­ers.

“He said hello and made his thoughts well known,” Horner said of their con­ver­sa­tion. “All I could do was apol­o­gise to him. It’s cost us a lot of points and un­for­tu­nately com­pro­mised Se­bas­tian as well. But he [Kvyat] is young, he’ll learn from it and I’m sure he’ll come back strong in Barcelona.” Fer­rari team boss Mau­r­izio Ar­riv­abene said his driver went bal­lis­tic af­ter the in­ci­dent, with the Ger­man launch­ing a foul-mouthed tirade on team ra­dio. “He was not happy at all,” said Ar­riv­abene. “He has taken a DNF for a sec­ond time [this sea­son] for some­thing that has noth­ing to do with him. This is the char­ac­ter of a guy who is a four-time world cham­pion who wants to win. It’s un­der­stand­able.

“Af­ter­wards, we talked and he was a bit more calm, but of course calm does not mean happy.”

Kvyat said he will learn from what hap­pened on the open­ing lap: “All the mess came from me. It’s not great but some­times these things hap­pen from lap one. It’s prob­a­bly not the nicest lap one in my ca­reer, I will learn from it and should be all fine next time.”

Photos: LAT

Kvyat: ‘I’ll learn’ Kvyat ploughs into Vet­tel at T2

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