Daniil Kvyat would repeat “essential move” as Ferrari F1 figures move on from Chinese Grand Prix crash
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Chinese Grand Prix 2016
Posted By: Alex Kalinauckas  |  18 Apr 2016   |  6:01 pm GMT  |  176 comments

Daniil Kvyat reckons he would repeat his Turn 1 move from the Chinese Grand Prix as he heads to his home race in Russia and Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel and Maurizio Arrivabene decided to ‘move on’ from the first corner crash.

The incident between the pair was one of the main talking points arising from an action packed race in Shanghai.

Kvyat attacked Vettel as they raced through the long double right-hander that forms Turns 1 and 2 at the Chinese circuit and as the German driver then jinked away from the Red Bull he collided with his Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen.

Both Ferrari drivers sustained front wing damage as a result of the crash and Raikkonen was forced to pit for repairs at the end of lap one.

Kimi Raikkonen

The intervention of the safety car on lap four, a deployment that was necessary to allow the marshals to clear away debris from the Turn 1 incidents that littered the track, allowed Ferrari to replace Vettel’s front wing and gave Raikkonen the chance to catch the pack.

After eventually finishing second, which came after he caught and passed Kvyat on track later in the Grand Prix, Vettel confronted the Russian driver just before they went onto the podium with race winner Nico Rosberg.

Daniil Kvyat

But speaking after the race, Kvyat insisted the move was on and described how he will aim to repeat the race result at his home Grand Prix in Russia next time out.

He said: “I think it was a fair move on Vettel. I saw the gap and I went for it. We didn’t touch, unfortunately for him, Kimi was on his other side. For me it was a logical move and it paid off with a podium.

“It’s a nice boost for our side of the garage after a couple of tricky races. It’s also good for the team to be consistently fighting for podiums this year. It’s very encouraging for the season.

Daniil Kvyat Sebastian Vettel

“I’m a very happy man and it’s nice to carry this feeling heading into my home Grand Prix in Russia.”

Aggressive move made podium possible

Kvyat explained how he felt he had to make the move to get a chance to fight for a podium finish. Before last weekend’s race his only F1 podium had come when he finished second at the 2015 Hungarian Grand Prix.

He said: “It was a logical move: you see the gap and you go for it. If [Vettel] didn’t have a car on the outside it would have been okay: I only have two eyes so I couldn’t see Kimi, and it’s [Vettel’s] business to deal with that.

Daniil Kvyat

“When the emotions are hot, you talk about it – but in our case to get on the podium you have to take risks. It was an essential move for me and it paid off.

“We can talk for hours about it but I am on the podium; if I didn’t go for it who knows where I would be. I will keep on risking like this and everyone should expect that.”

Vettel: “In the end, it is a racing incident”

Vettel described Kvyat’s driving as “suicidal” and that of a “madman” over his team radio during the Shanghai race, but after the event, and his pre-podium outburst, the four-times world champion concluded that it had just been an unfortunate racing incident.

Sebastian Vettel

He said: “What happened on the first lap, in the end, is a racing incident.

“Kimi locked up in Turn 1. I tried to go inside to pass him. Daniil was behind me. He had a better start and was lining up for the same move initially. I was determined to overtake Kimi. Daniil was determined to overtake me.

“Kimi came back from the left, Kvyat came from the back right and I was reacting to him. From my side I didn’t really know where to go, I was sandwiched between Kimi and Daniil.

“I tried to back out of it, going off throttle and hitting the brakes, but there was no way, so I had contact with Kimi.”

Kimi Raikkonen Sebastian Vettel

Vettel apologised for colliding with Raikkonen during the race itself, a move he repeated once he had climbed out of the cockpit.

He said: “Obviously I am terribly sorry for what has happened. Touching the car with the same colours is not right.”

Arrivabene: “this is racing”

Maurizio Arrivabene

Arrivabene, Ferrari’s team principal, would not be drawn on apportioning any blame over the Turn 1 crash and he also reckoned it was a simply one of the risks of racing.

He said: “I think pointing the finger at somebody isn’t correct. Kvyat was doing his race coming into the curve at high speed but Seb and Kimi were doing the same thing in Kvyat’s position.

“Of course if you want to defend your position you move away but unfortunately Kimi was there. But this is racing, it’s not monopoly.

“It was an accident. I think they are part of the race but of course when you have your two drivers in a collision with each other it’s not good. What can I say more than that?”


The result of the Chinese Grand Prix leaves Ferrari 53 points adrift of Mercedes in the constructors’ championship and without a race win in 2016 when the Italian team had a genuine chance to fight the German manufacturer for the victory in China.

Vettel and Raikkonen are also down to fourth and fifth behind Daniel Ricciardo in the drivers’ standings after the Red Bull driver recovered from a puncture to score points in Shanghai and secured his third consecutive fourth place finish of the season.

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Kimi made a mistake, ran wide then turned back in, of the three involved in this tracing incident Kimi’s move was the most radical


Kvyat showed a lot of racing maturity with his quick and correct answers to Vettel after the race. And he showed a lot of moxie with his charge up the inside. Red Bull will put a little tick in the re-hire box for that one.

After seeing the pre-race interview with the big Ferrari boss Marchionne who came across really ominous and hard-nosed like a slave ship captain, it’s not surprising Vettel tried to go sixteen different ways at the start. Then he blames it on Kvyat when Kvyat had a hole so big a truck could have driven through it.

I think the Ferrari boys were under so much pressure to stay just out if reach of the boss’s whip, who for all intents and purposes pretty much gave them an ultimatum, they just got rattled to the point where they couldn’t even get out of their own way, much less find a route through the turn.

I would blame this racing incident squarely on Marchionne to whom I would give ZERO points for his lengthy monotone threatening pre-race – we better win or else – interview.

If anybody at Ferrari has the guts to stand up to Marchionne, they should tell him to just back it off and lighten it up a notch, or maybe just stay away from personal appearances at the races.


As far as the track goes: Racing incident. Refreshing to see no penalties beyond the resulting damage to the cars. Everyone pushed to the limit without going beyond it, some were lucky, others were not.

Vettel’s initial reaction was a bit overboard, but understandably so given the missed opportunity. After having time to reflect it sounds like he came to a reasonable conclusion so all’s good as far as I’m concerned.

F1 as a whole needs more of this type of action, and to shout it from the rooftops when it happens, racing, personalities, and drama! It also needs to do a lot less whining about how terrible everything is when it’s frankly not, because as a fan I am sick of listening to it. Before anyone responds, this comment is in no way directed at James or this site of which I am a huge fan, but rather at the F1 community as a whole.


While I do believe this is a racing incident, it’s odd to see it so swiftly swept under the rug after the excessively harsh penalty dealt to Bottas for a similar risky move in the previous race. They were both racing incidents in my opinion. It looked to me that Bottas and Kvyat made risky dives into the 1st corner while Hamilton didn’t react and cut down into Bottas and Vettel reacted too much and contacted Kimi.

James, has there been any talk in the paddock tying these two incidents together?


Maldo had several of these ‘dive bombing’ excursions.
Think he got penalized for most of them.
Main difference is though in Maldo’s cases then the opponent (and sometimes also himself) ended up as a crash wreck on the side of the track…
Here it was only Kimi that got his nose driven off and all could continue racing.


It would be interesting to see the Throttle and Break use for Kvyat and Vettel.

It seems that Vettel was about to accellerate in order to overtake Kimi (after Kimi went wide to avoid hitting Rosberg), when he realised that Kvyat was already there.
Hence, Vettel steered slightly to the left to avoid hitting Kvyat and hits Kimi instead who is trying to cover Vettel’s overtaking move.
Racing incident.

Kvyat should have said: “I was racing. I was faster. I overtook you. I finished on the Podium.” 😉


I’d say this is a racing incident, and let’s hope it occurs more in the future! What an exciting spectacle it has provided I must say.


Vettel would have made the same move if he was in Kvyats position.


Finally we can see better what went wrong in racing accident. A bit of everybody, but I am not sure now if Vettel was major contributor of accident.


1. Kimi run wide which opened a gap
2. Vettel also run a little wide but went for the gap to vertake Kimi
3. Both Ferraris running wide left a big gap for Kvyat

The contact was mostly Kimis (51 % blame) fault for steering back into Vettels (49 %) path, but neither driver did anything worthy of a penalty. The second place for Vettel was the maximum anyway for anyone not named Nico Rosberg, so no big deal. Some other drivers used strong words in the race, like Grosjean for Ericcson and yes Kvyat for Palmer. Did they apologize ? Do we care ?


As a life long Ferrari fan and a staunch supporter I can say with some authority and wry amusement that Seb was playing the classic game of transferring the blame. Daniel’s move was brilliant, spooking Seb into turning left not right, where his wildly understeering team mate was unlucky enough to be lurking. Seb’s fault but a racing incident nonetheless.


Not sure why. But my comments never work


This one did!


I like how maldonado still gets dragged into everything. Face it he’s gone. Renault and williams are bumping along down the field without his cash injection. Hope the money is going somewhere it wont be squandered.


I really like vettel but this outburst was like something you’d see in a theater dressing room between a 2 drama queens squabbling over lip stick.
The pressure,frustration,realisation is starting to dawn on Seb that maybe,just maybe Alonso was right. And it’s hard to think that anyone is gonna beat a Mercedes this year.
I read lots about how the engine is just too good in the Mercedes but the reality is that it’s not that much better,but the whole car is epic.
As Nico said,that was the most perfectly balanced car he’s ever driven.

Lewis……drop the Mr nice guy act,let’s see the fighting tiger……..nice guys always come last,just ask Nico!


Yes it was quite obviously a racing incident.. What’s missing? “SORRY DANIIL I WAS WRONG MATE”. Takes a man to say that though doesn’t it.


Go on DK. I think he was absolutely right to do what he did and his reaction to Seb (laughter) was fantastic. Who the hell does he think he is having a go at him like that? I trust he’s made zero effort to apologise for having such a hissy fit at him?

Entirely Seb’s fault for me. Looking at the overhead shots, both DK and Kimi were ahead of him when it happened. He left a HUGE gap up the inside which was really silly and DK filled the gap and passed him. Then when Seb tries to turn in he sees DK is there, panics and turns into Kimi. Very poor spatial awareness and he was expecting to just bully Kimi out of the way. He should have had a penalty for it in my opinion. All he needed to do was back out of it, realise he’d been beaten by Kimi and DK and just got on with his race.

His closely guarded true colours have shown yet again. A thoroughly unpleasant outburst from him and demonstrates his delusions of grandeur very well.

GO DK!!! Wish him all the best for Russia!


I thought it was great, haven’t got to see Seb throw his toys out the pram for a while! Racing incident, Kvyat carried a hell of a lot of speed into the corner but the space was there, it was a space that was always going to disappear but a space none the less. Vettel saw him coming towards him at a vast rate of knots, panicked and veered the other way into Raikkonen.

Moot point, if Vettel had held his ground and Kvyat speared him, would it have then been Kvyat’s fault, and would he have deserved a penalty?

I think Vettel’s reaction was justified, it was a bit of a wild move but I think he is more just annoyed that he got out muscled.


SV veered left when DK was already side by side, going faster and sticking to the kerbs for almost 2 seconds after that. There’s no way DK could have “speared him”.

*IF* SV would have kept his line, he might have smacked DK’s side or rear tyre (as he did with NH a few seconds later) *OR* their tyres might have tangled with unpredictable results (perhaps, from a race with not a single DNF, to a history record of DNFs) 😉


In reality if he kept his line, Kvyat would have hit him, making it 2 DNF in 3 races, and really crushing is title hopes. He finished second, for all its worth, Vettel couldn’t have done anything better than that. Vettel didn’t win 4 championships based on luck


I’m surprised to see so many people who think this was not Kvyat’s fault in any way. I feel it was a racing incident overall but Kvyat was not on the normal line and could not have held his position to complete the pass. The only difference between what Kvyat did in China and what Bottas did in Bahrain was Vettel reacted and hit his teammate and Hamilton did not. Had Vettel held his line and Kvyat hit him, what would everyone have to say then? Vettel was ahead and much closer to what would be the “racing line”. Vettel reacted and was unlucky enough to have his teammate coming back towards him at the same time. I don’t think any one person should be penalized but I don’t think Bottas should have been penalized in Bahrain either.


It’s been posted over and over but, here it comes again, side by side, the on board cameras of SV and DK at the start and T1-2:


0:06 Having had a better start, DK makes a right hand side attempt on SV but, seeing there’s not enough gap, he breaks.
0:09 NR, who was on the outside, cuts in front of KR, the Finn reacts hitting the breaks and running wide.
0:11 SV, who has gone almost as wide as KR, leaves a humongous gap on the inside to a faster DK.
0:12 DK’s front wing is already ahead of that of SV. KR is re-joining the race line, perhaps, intending to fulfil the mandatory “one car’s width” to his team mate but unaware of DK.
0:13 KR and DK rear tyres are in line with SV, both are ahead and faster than the German. The Finn is on “collision course”.
0:15 SV, who is kissing the outside line after the “contact”, re-joins the race line unaware of (or not caring about) other cars and makes a second contact to NH’s rear tyre.

Seen that way, with the information each driver had, SV was the only one who chose not to avoid a contact.


This is an unusual corner, because it just keeps going right. The fastest line is to hug the inside kerb for the first part of the turn then allow the car to run wide in order to “straighten” the tight right-left turn at the end of the complex. So Kvyat actually does follow a conventional line through the corner.
Vettel’s problem was that he had to lift to avoid Kimi, ran wide and lost touch with the racing line, thus handing the corner to Kvyat.
I can’t see that Daniil did much wrong.
Even Sebastian will now concede that his “madman” comments were an over-reaction.


I think you need to watch the footage again. Seb left a huuuuuge gap and DK went through. Seb was behind both DK and Kimi.

The truth is there to see on YouTube quite easily.


Kvyat will not be at Red Bull next season. He is clearly not on Ricciardo’s level. His two podiums have come from misfortune to others infront of him and he has been gifted them. He has never shown any ability of being able to handle the pressure. He is rarely in front of Ricciardo in qualifying and likewise in the race. Has never shown any WC qualities. He is a good driver but will never win a WC, always better drivers. As for China, the only reason Kvyat made it to the podium was because of a puncture to Ricciardo. Without that, I believe the entire paddock knows it would have finished ROS. RIC. VET… Ricciardo finished 7s behind Kvyat and had a puncture, caught out by the safety car and also overtook nearly the entire field, Hamilton and Raikonnen included.. All this race showed was how fast Ricciardo is and how slow Kvyat is compared.


Honestly Vettel had a little but of truth in what he said. Kvyat did run wide after the overtake as he had a lot more speed how come nobody is seeing this? Wouldve had a crash one way or another but after Vettel avoided it, like any driver would, it was a racing incident …


“Kvyat ran wide after the overtake”

He has every right to do so. Once Kvyat is ahead, it is his corner, and he is allowed to run wide to the left. His only responsibility is to leave Seb enough room to not be forced off track. It was not Kvyat’s responsibility to know that Kimi was rejoining the track.

Also, by the time that Kvyat does push wide to the left, he is fully clear and ahead of Vettel, such was the speed with which he passed.


1. First of all it was a racing incident. There is no doubt about it.
2. Kvyat has made an “all or nothing” move there is no doubt about it either.

His “I saw a gap” justification is childish there is always a gap in the inside but ask Alonso who has taken a look at a wheel from half an inch what he thinks about going for that “gap” on the opening lap.
Daniil was just lucky this time to get away from it because Vetel had his team mate on his left. If other than Kimi was there Vetel would have aggressively gone for the gap himself and Daniil would T boned him for sure.
This happens almost in every race and the “hero” is usually a less experienced driver.
In my opinion to balme is “The Tilke trap | design of the Turn 1 which present a track layout that cannot be physically followed (with the turn radius of an F1 car if you defend the inside you end outside on the grass at the exit)
I wonder if designs of circuits and F1 rules & regulations in general are lately approved by the Association of Small Animal Breeders, or “The Annual Congress of the Tailors”


So the circuit has been there, unaltered, for over 10 years. The 2016 F1 cars were designed last year. Of course, this implies that the inability of the cars to navigate the turn is the fault of the circuit, and in no way shape or form, the fault of the car.

The cars manage to get around the hairpin at Monaco, they can figure out how to get around T1 in China.

matthew Cheshire2002

There’s more here than an aggressive move and a shunt on the track.

1- Kvyat has obviously had Marco light a fire under his seat – understandable

2- Vettel is wishing his instinct to preserve the car kicked in before he realised it was better to hold his line and hit Kvyat than swerve into Kimi – it was too quick for a decision, instinctive reactions are all you can use

3- Marchionne was watching, so Vettel needed to fight Ferrari’s corner rather than let it go. – not pretty, but that’s how they choose to compete

Unfortunately for Vettel, there are echo’s of “crash baby” antics here, and its probably unwarranted. If anything, his driving reactions were too good- lesser drivers would have run into the Red Bull.

What I am sure of, is if the roles were reversed, Vettel, Marchione and even Arrivabene would have been very happy to get 2nd place with that move.


Clearly Vettel should have closed the inside line, so Kvyat was blocked thoroughly from passing through. That is probably what is nagging Vettel the most, as he let the competition drive through.

Ricki Sanguinetti

Vettel should have known that it was a racing incident before going off on his radio to his team boss.He was evidently scared of the wrath awaiting him therefore needed a sacrificial goat.
On the Mercedes duo,there is much tameness between them like a secret pact has been signed between them! “I am the Leceister of F1!” and “Lewis is still the benchmark” hypes are too nice to my liking.Not asking for war,though.


do you see difference between how the mercs reacted when their drivers collided in spa which was a hairline touch! and now how the ferrari management has handled this situation. that’s really mature…that time everyone was up in arms made rosberg the villain. Totally unnecessary!


Totally different situation.

This was a racing incedent in the chaos of T1.

Spa 2014 was a dumb move from Rosberg that was never going to work.


I can sum it up with someone else’s words.

“And if you no longer go for a gap that exists, you are no longer a racing driver because we are competing, we are competing to win.”

Harry Snapper Organs

Exactly. +1000.
What would Aryton have done? Exactly what KYV did.


James, the website doesnt remember my posting info(name and email) anymore. Can you fix it? Im lazy =)



If you watch that video you can see that Seb has 0 argument. Kimi hit the brakes to avoid hitting ROS, at that point Seb goes wide, then Kimi tries to go back to the line, at the same time DK goes into the giant gap left by Seb, Seb tries to close the gap that is no longer there because DK is already past him. Its not even Seb’s fault IMO, its all kimi’s fault. Kimi almost hits ROS, he has to brake really hard, then tries to go back into the line, but seb is there, he hits Seb, which almost hits DK. Kimi gets almost spun and hits DK. Its all Kimis fault lol But Seb being the big man he is(sarcasm) takes it out on DK. It was a totally clean move by DK.

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