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From Russia Without Love: Kvyat Ruins Vettel’s Race… Again.

The Russian Grand Prix is in the books. There are many stories we should be focusing on. Rookie F1 team, Haas scoring points in their 3rd race of the season and Nico Rosberg’s incredible run of 7 consecutive wins. The story we are talking about is another incident at the start of a race and another instance of Daniil Kvyat taking out Sebastian Vettel.

Every single race this season has seen some sort of incident at the start. The past 2 races have seen Red Bull Racing driver Daniil Kvyat make contact with Ferrari Ace Sebastian Vettel. Both have had the same result, Vettel being knocked out. We all condemned Vettel’s actions after the Chinese Grand Prix. However after the most recent indecent between the two drivers, maybe the German has a legitimate issue with the Russian. At the start of the Russian Grand Prix at the Sochi Autodrom Kvyat hit the rear of Vettel’s car in turn 2. Amazingly enough he wasn’t done. In turn 3 Kvyat made contact again with the rear of Vettel’s Ferrari. This time it spun Vettel out, causing him to hit the barriers and ended his race.

As you will see from the on board cameras Kvyat is CLEARLY at fault.

And Vettel’s point of view:

In case you missed that Vettel’s reaction was:

“Oh, for fuck’s sake. Who the fuck? Oh, I’m out. Crashed! Somebody hit me in the rear [at] turn two, and then somebody hit me in the fucking rear again at turn 3. For fuck’s sake, honestly! What the fuck are we doing here?”

Well he certainly displays the versatility of the “word.” But can you blame him? The same driver took him out of 2 races. Vettel’s chance at a championship are now completely torn asunder. Granted his chances were slim at best to start the season, but thanks to Kvyat’s reckless driving any slim chance Vettel had is done for.

Sure there were the obligatory apologies after the race. Red Bull team boss, Christin Horner apologized but by then the damage had been done. As for Kvyat’s, his response:

“I locked my rear wheels. I didn’t brake much later to be honest. We touched with Sebastian once there. It wasn’t a disaster there at Turn 2. The penalty came for Turn 3, I guess. I apologize for those. Turn 3 is a high-speed corner, you obviously expect to go fast there. When people brake in front of you unfortunately sometimes there is no time to react. That’s what happened. I had no time to react to Seb’s braking. I will speak with him about what happened. Maybe he already had a problem from what already happened in Turn 2 and he had to brake or something. When you are one meter behind a car at 150km/h (93mph) and suddenly someone brakes, it’s unavoidable. I got a 10-second stop and go for that. Cool, but it doesn’t help mine or his races. All the mess came from me. It’s not great but sometimes these things happen from Lap 1. It’s probably the not the nicest lap one in my career, I will learn from it and should be all fine next time. I think we have to speak (with Vettel) and that’s all we can really do. Of course it’s easy now to attack me and I guess everyone will but we’ll deal with that.”

Yes, his penalty was only a 10 second stop and hold. That’s it. Frankly given the incidents in the past 2 races Kvyat got off light. Personally I think he should have recieved a minimum of a 1 race ban. He is clearly demonstrating a lack of control. I don’t know if it’s not knowing his car’s limits or he can’t contain his emotions on track. Whatever the reason, as of right now he is a danger to every other car on the track. He needs to learn that sometimes digression is the better part of valor. Removing him from competition for a race just might be the kick in the ass he sorely needs. As for now, we can only hope he has learned something from this and he won’t be hurling himself into corners like some kind of F1 lawn dart.

About Chad Kennedy

Chad burst from the womb wearing a racing suit and a helmet. Chad's passion for cars is in his very DNA. His father was a gear head and passed on the tradition through owning such classics as a '66 Mustang and a '59 Corvette all while taking him to various race tracks in the area. Chad likes to wrench on his rides whenever possible, forgoing the stealership. Chad is an avid motorsports fan with particular interest in endurance/sports car racing. When not online writing for Shifting Lanes, you can find him working at the local golf course teaching people how to swing or hooning a golf cart at impossible speeds.

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