Sebastian Vettel does not regret his confrontation with Daniil Kvyat and insists there is no animosity between the two drivers.
Colliding with team-mate Kimi Raikkonen at the start of the Chinese Grand Prix, Vettel lashed out at Kvyat as he blamed the Red Bull driver for the incident.
The four-time World Champion declared that Kvyat had driven like a “mad man” by racing into Turn 1 “like a torpedo.”
Kvyat was not fazed by the confrontation, saying he had done what any driver would do – a sentiment he echoed in the build-up to this weekend’s Russian GP.
As for his thoughts on the subject, Vettel says he does not regret his rant.
“I’m surprised that two weeks after, this is still a topic,” he told ESPN.
“Everything that has been said needed to be said. I spoke with him straight afterwards, in the podium room on the first occasion I got.
“I didn’t know there were some cameras there but that didn’t change anything – I would have said the same thing again.
“For sure after the race you’re a bit hot, your emotions are pumping but that’s what we want. Why should I sit here and say, ‘maybe I should have been a little bit more quiet?’
“We’re racing and I think you also say things, sometimes, that you wouldn’t say it later in the same way. In that situation I said it the way I said it, I didn’t say anything bad.
“I get along with him really well – I know there were questions if it was bad for our relationship but that’s complete b—–ks.
“I think we are racing, in the end it was a racing incident but, obviously, it had the best outcome for him because he made up the positions and didn’t have problems in the car.
“For Kimi and myself it wasn’t that great. These things happen.”
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