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


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.”

IndyCar teams with NASCAR on IMS road course doubleheader in 2021

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The NTT IndyCar Series will be sharing Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the NASCAR Cup Series in a race weekend doubleheader for the second consecutive season, but both series will be on the road course in August 2021.

IMS announced Wednesday that IndyCar will hold an Aug. 14, 2021 race on its 14-turn, 2.439-mile road course. It’ll be a day before NASCAR’s premier series runs the same layout for the first time after the Brickyard 400 was contested on the 2.5-mile oval for the first time in 27 years.

This season’s rescheduling of the IndyCar GMR Grand Prix to July 4, 2019 (a day before the Brickyard 400) led to the first NASCAR-IndyCar doubleheader weekend. The Xfinity Series also raced on the IMS road course for the first time July 4 after the IndyCar race ended.

INDYCAR AT IMS THIS WEEKEND: Harvest GP schedule, entry lists

IndyCar will be holding its second race weekend this year at the IMS road course Friday and Saturday with the Harvest GP.

“Our first NASCAR-INDYCAR weekend was a big success last July, with positive feedback from
our loyal fans who watched the races on NBC and from the drivers, teams and participants
involved,” IMS president Douglas Boles said in a statement. “The Xfinity Series’ debut on the IMS road course provided exactly the kind of thrilling action from the green to checkered flags that we anticipated, so we know the teams and drivers of the Cup Series will put on a great show as they turn left and right for the first time at IMS.

“We can’t wait to welcome back fans to see NASCAR and INDYCAR together during this
exciting weekend as we add another memorable chapter in the long, storied history of the
Indianapolis Motor Speedway.”

It also will mark the first NASCAR Cup-IndyCar doubleheader with a crowd as fans weren’t permitted at IMS in July because of the novel coronvavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Over the course of Wednesday, NASCAR is releasing its 36-race slate for next season. IndyCar has yet to release its full 2021 schedule.