Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari team boss Maurizio Arrivabene aren’t accepting Red Bull driver Daniil Kyvat’s excuse for why he crashed into the back of Vettel twice in the opening lap of Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix.
Kyvat hit the rear of Vettel’s Ferrari while braking for Turn 2 and then hit the German again as they continued through Turn 3. The Red Bull driver said he first locked his brakes causing him to hit Vettel and then hit the Ferrari once again due to unexpectedly Vettel slowing down.
Arivvabene said that Kyvat is wrong for placing any blame on Vettel for slowing down, especially after it was the damage from the first hit that caused his pace to fall off through Turn 3.
“Sebastian said to me that he [Kvyat] touched him one time, just a clip, and the second time was quite hard,” Arrivabene told Motorsport.com.
“Of course if you have a crash like this and you slow down, it doesn’t mean if you slow down that you have to hit him another time. We don’t need the telemetry to understand that.”
Vettel was nearly hit by Kyvat at the Chinese Grand Prix as well, however Vettel didn’t place any blame on the Russian driver as he had a mostly clear run up the inside of Turn 1.
“I promised all of you the first time I was working here to be always transparent and honest,” Vettel said.
“So last time in China I was not complaining about Kvyat, I said Kvyat has done his job. This time I think I cannot find any reason for what has happened.”
Kyvat is said to have called Vettel post-race to apologize for the incident in Russia and defended himself to media post-race, saying it was an honest mistake.
“I think now people will take joy in talking about this. Let them talk. I know I’ve made a mistake, I will learn from it,” he said.
“But I think this will be left behind and this incident is over. We’ve discussed it already. It’s only human to make mistakes like these.”