British Grand Prix – Daniil Kvyat and Carlos Sainz have pointed the finger at each other after their opening lap collision at Silverstone.
The Toro Rosso pair came together through the Maggots and Beckett section of the Silverstone track.
With the drivers side-by-side approaching the fast section of the circuit, Kvyat ran wide as the pair exited Maggots. The Russian rejoined as they approached Becketts, but in doing so understeered into Sainz’s car. Kvyat was able to continue, but Sainz was put out of the race.
Speaking after the race, Kvyat believed that due to his position on the dirty line, the incident was “unavoidable”.
“Even if I was able to continue after the collision with Carlos, my race was also compromised and I’m obviously not happy with what happened,” said Kvyat.
“I was ahead and on a dirty line, so it’s normal to have some understeer, and then, all of a sudden, the crash took place.
“These things happen and sometimes they’re unavoidable. It’s a real shame, as this has damaged both us drivers and the team, which I feel very sorry for.
“There’s not much more that can be done now, we just need to learn from this and move forward.”
Sainz suggested that he was not to blame for the incident and that the evidence pointed to his innocence:
“I’m not going to say much about what happened today on lap 1 with Daniil, the images talk for themselves – it’s just very frustrating to have not finished another race.”
“Of course I’m disappointed and it’s not the way you want your race to go, but I just need to think of it as a stage of my year – with 20 races, there’s always going to be this kind of situation at some point… That’s why I’m not worried and very calm.”