Kvyat: Sainz should've seen collision coming

Ausiliatrice Cristiano
Luglio 17, 2017

The Toro Rosso pair were locked in a wheel to wheel battle heading into Maggots on lap 1, emerging side by side from Becketts with the Kvyat hitting Sainz and forcing the Spaniard into retirement on the spot.

Speaking post-race about the incident, Kvyat said he felt that he and Sainz were both equally to blame for the clash, and that his punishment was overly harsh.

"The stewards say "you race and you race" and then this thing happens".

"I don't expect anything to change", said Kvyat.

The racing driver knows when he sees what happens to me that you're never going to be on the ideal line for Turn 12. "So when you put yourself there, you know the collision is 90% unavoidable".

"If the other auto had been more anticipating of things, he would have tried to get me back on the next straight".

"Then the vehicle comes with such massive speed and since you have the understeer and your team mate just doesn't see you and just comes across like that, and then you just crash".

"I believe so", he replied when if stewards are punishing him in particular. We should both feel responsible for what happened.

"I've spoken with James (Key), and we're both in agreement that we're both responsible for what happened", he revealed. It's extremely strong. I saw so many incidents and it's five or ten seconds with a pit stop possibility.

"For me I believe I just keep doing this".

"I don't understand this, and it doesn't feel very nice". It makes everything look worse than it really was. "To be honest, I don't think anyone had any intention to be aggressive with each other there".

"I left him room [in the first right of Becketts] and I expected him to collaborate with me [in the next left]".

"I'm not going to give any opinion about it because I think it's something that needs to be kept internally and to be analysed internally", he said.

Asked by Motorsport.com to describe the incident, he said: "We were battling, giving each other quite a lot of room, going into the fast corners, until one auto lost control and hit the other one".

Asked whether the accident would sow further tension at Toro Rosso, Sainz - whose future has been subject to widespread speculation - added: "When there are situations out of your control, it's not like I'm going to be tense about it". "It is something that will be discussed inside the team and I don't want generate any polemic, because I think the team has enough with two cars crashing out in the first lap".

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