Vettel hits out at 'torpedo' Kvyat

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016
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Sebastian Vettel criticised Red Bull rival Daniil Kvyat after blaming the youngster for triggering a collision at the first corner in China.

Kvyat surged forwards from sixth on the grid and adopted the inside line into Turn 1, with Vettel in the centre of the track and Kimi Raikkonen on a wide line.

With Kvyat on the inside, Vettel reacted and moved towards the outside of the track, clipping Raikkonen and causing damage to both Ferrari cars.

Vettel lambasted Kvyat via the team radio, calling him a 'madman' and believing his move to be 'suicidal.'

With the pair finishing the race in second and third, Vettel was able to express his view directly to the Russian as they prepared to step onto the podium.

"You asking what happened at the start," said an animated Vettel when Kvyat enquired over the incident.

"If I don’t go to the left you crash into us and we all three go out."

Kvyat attempted to provide his view of the incident but Vettel was not interested.

"No, no ‘well’, you came like a torpedo. It’s not racing, if I keep going the same line we crash."

"You need to expect that when you attack like a crazy you damage your car. You were lucky this time, I was damaged and Kimi was damaged."

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