Sebastian Vettel made no secret of his anger with Daniil Kvyat following Sunday’s Chinese Grand Prix after the Russian driver allegedly caused him to crash into Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen.
Vettel and Raikkonen clashed at Turn 2 on the opening lap of the race, leaving both with damaged cars that ended their hopes of winning in Shanghai.
Vettel immediately blamed Kvyat for pushing him wide, explaining over his team radio that the Red Bull driver came into the first corner “like a madman”.
Despite ultimately finishing in second place, Vettel confronted Kvyat over the move at the first corner in the cool-down room ahead of the podium ceremonies.
Kvyat remained unmoved by Vettel’s comments, telling the German that “it’s racing” and that both had made the podium regardless.
“Obviously it’s difficult to judge how it looked from his point of view,” Vettel said on the podium after the race.
“My start was not so great so I was a bit on the back foot into Turn 1. Then I think Kimi locked up, went a bit wide. I wanted to go on the inside to overtake him. I think Daniil was trying to do the same thing with me.
“Then Kimi came back, so I had to be sort of in the middle. [Kvyat] was coming with a lot of speed into that gap, and I was very surprised so I had to steer some sort of left – at the same time, Kimi was coming across.
“There was no way so we made contact, which was a shame because you don’t want the same colour cars touching each other.
“In the end we were lucky because I could continue, he could continue, but surely not the best result for the team so very sorry for that.”
Kvyat said that he would not change his driving style in the future, standing by his aggressive move at the start.
“You see the gap, you go for it on the inside. You see one car, usually it’s hard to see both cars,” Kvyat said.
“It was a risky move, of course, I agree with Seb, but these kind of moves can bring you a podium.
“I’m on the podium, he’s on the podium, it’s fine. I’ll keep on risking like this and everyone should expect that.”