Kvyat feels singled out by F1 stewards after Sainz crash

Angry Kvyat tells team-mate to keep distance

Angry Kvyat tells team-mate to keep distance

"I'm narrowly [off], but within the track limits, we believe the penalty was too harsh".

"The frustration is that I overtook around Turn 11 - and then obviously you get to the dirty line and the understeer", Kvyat said.

"I believe this is racing, not ballet dancing - exactly what I said on the radio". So when you put yourself there, you know the collision is 90 per cent unavoidable.

"It is very clear on the cameras what happened", Sainz said afterward.

"I believe had the other vehicle been a bit more anticipating about it, he would have been trying to get me back on the next straight".

"Then the auto 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".

"That's what I believe happened, I completely disagree with penalty; yes of course there's responsibility on me also, but I think we both should be feeling responsible for what happened".

When asked if the team agreed with him, he says: "I've spoken with James [Key, techincal director], and we're both in agreement that we're both responsible for what happened".

"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.

"We were battling for sure, giving each other quite a lot of room, going into fast corners, until I think one auto lost control and hit the other one".

But that wasn't the end of it unfortunately for Kvyat who was also handed two penalty points on his superlicense, bringing his total to nine and three points short of a race ban.

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

"The images speak for themselves so I'm not going to comment". A drive-through is a drive-through, it's an extremely strong [punishment]. I saw stronger incidents and they punish five or ten seconds to the pitstop.

"I don't understand this, and it doesn't feel very nice", he admitted. "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". "It makes everything look a lot worse than it really was".

"When you give each other space and you leave, like I did, two vehicle lengths, for him to rejoin the track, for me there's nothing really to comment".

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