Sebastian Vettel was left fuming with Daniil Kvyat after clashing with the Red Bull youngster for the second race in a row in Russia on Sunday.
Vettel complained about Kvyat’s antics off the line in China, saying he was “like a torpedo”, but both managed to finish on the podium.
However, Vettel’s Russian Grand Prix lasted just three corners after Kvyat hit him twice – once from behind at Turn 2 and again midway through Turn 3 – to send the German into the wall.
For Vettel, it proved to be the latest low point in a tough start to the season that has seen him fail to finish twice already.
After the shunt, Vettel made no secret of his anger over team radio, shouting angrily. However, he was more civil when he returned to the pit lane, although he did pay a visit to Kvyat’s boss, Christian Horner, for a chat midway through the race.
Speaking to NBCSN, Vettel said there was no bad blood with Kvyat, but it didn’t change the fact that he was no longer in the race.
“I don’t dislike him. I think he did a mistake two weeks ago,” Vettel said.
“Today it’s fairly obvious, he did a mistake again, obviously, it doesn’t help me now because I’m not in the car.
“In the end we’re here to race. Massively pumped up. Had a super start, made progress into the second corner and got hit, then a second hit, which destroyed our race.
“I was quite loud on the radio… but it doesn’t change anything now.”