Mercedes chairman Niki Lauda has slammed Red Bull driver Daniil Kvyat for the Russian’s reckless behaviour after he was responsible for Sebastian Vettel’s retirement during Sunday’ Russian Grand Prix.
On lap one of the race, Kvyat rammed into the back of Vettel, first at turn two and then again at turn three.
Adding to the controversy, Vettel was sent flying into Kvyat’s own team-mate, Daniel Ricciardo, something that Red Bull not surprisingly weren’t too pleased with.
Lauda, a three-time World Champion, praised the Ferrari driver’s composure after the incident but added that the young Red Bull driver was completely out of order.
“If I were Vettel, I would kill him,” he told Sky Sports. “Horrible. He can not drive all over the place with utter silliness.
“Vettel did everything alright. Kvyat crashed into him from behind. He couldn’t have done that sillier and more annoying.”
Echoing Lauda’s sentiments, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said it was unacceptable that Kvyat hit his driver twice in such a short space of time.
“He hit him (Vettel) two times. You can accept it for the first time, but not for the second time,” Arrivabene said.
“He was penalized, but it is not acceptable.”
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