Vettel, Kvyat argue over clash at start of Chinese GP (VIDEO)

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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.”

Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series triples to 34 races in 2023

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023
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After hosting 10 rounds in 2022, the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series 2023 schedule will more than triple to 34 races. The 2022 season featured seven different winners in the first seven races, a female racer in Jade Avedisian as the only repeat winner and Zach Daum as the champion.

“Dirt Midget racing is a growing entity in American motorsports, and the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series presented by Toyota is proud to drive further into the growth of the division with both a diverse and lucrative schedule for 2023,” newly appointed Series Director Tyler Bachman said in a press release. “From the kickoff at our first indoor event, to each of the new tracks we’re set to visit next year, it’s a lineup we know both our teams and fans will enjoy.”

The championship purse fund has also more than double with an increase of $42,000 to $80,000 in 2023. The champion will win $25,000. Last year, Daum pocketed $10,000.

In addition, the series will offer tow money to the top 12 in points. Six drivers attempted to qualify for all 10 races in 2022 with 89 drivers attending.

The series will begin on March 10 at Southern Illinois Center in Du Quoin, Ill. and end the same place it did in 2022 at I-44 Riverside Speedway in Oklahoma City on October 15.

During the season, they will visit 21 tracks in 10 states.

Some highlights of the season include the Xtreme Outlaw Midget Series pairing up with the World of Outlaws Sprint Cars in 2023 at Federated Auto Parts Raceway at I-55 in Pevely, Mo. in April for the Outlaw Showdown and again in August for the Ironman 55 weekend, as well as the creation of a five-day Midget Speedweek.

The Midget Speedweek will immediately follow the Ironman 55 with a swing through Pennsylvania and New York.

Xtreme Outlaw Midget 2023 Schedule

Friday, March 10 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Saturday, March 11 | Southern Illinois Center | Du Quoin, Ill.
Friday, March 31 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.

Saturday, April 1 | Farmer City Raceway | Farmer City, Ill.
Friday, April 14 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Saturday, April 15 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.

Friday, May 5 | Humboldt Speedway | Humboldt, Kan.
Saturday, May 6 | 81 Speedway | Park City, Kan.
Tuesday, May 23 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.
Wednesday, May 24 | Millbridge Speedway | Salisbury, N.C.

Thursday, June 1 | Tri-City Speedway | Pontoon Beach, Ill.
Friday, June 2 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.
Saturday, June 3 | Wayne County Speedway | Wayne City, Ill.

Friday, July 21 | TBA
Saturday, July 22 | Southern Illinois Raceway | Marion, Ill.
Friday, July 28 | TBA
Saturday, July 29 | Atomic Speedway | Chillicothe, Ohio
Sunday, July 30 | Brushcreek Motorsports Complex | Peebles, Ohio

Friday, August 4 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Sat, August 5 | Federated AP Raceway at I-55 | Pevely, Mo.
Tuesday, August 8 | Clyde Martin Memorial Speedway | Newmanstown, Pa.
Wednesday, August 9 | Action Track USA | Kutztown, Pa.
Thursday, August 10 | Linda’s Speedway | Jonestown, Pa.
Friday, August 11 | TBA
Saturday, August 12 | Bridgeport Motorsports Park | Swedesboro, N.J.
Friday, August 25 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa
Saturday, August 26 | Davenport Speedway | Davenport, Iowa

Friday, September 1 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Saturday, September 2 | Paragon Speedway | Paragon, Ind.
Friday, September 15 | Jacksonville Speedway | Jacksonville, Ill.
Saturday, September 16 | Red Hill Raceway | Sumner, Ill.

Friday, October 13 | Port City Raceway | Tulsa, Okla.
Saturday, October 14 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.
Sunday, October 15 | I-44 Riverside Speedway | Oklahoma City, Okla.

* Co-sanctioned with POWRi