Kvyat and Sainz accuse each other over first-lap clash

Horner Sainz is available… at a cost

F1 British GP Horner Sainz is available… at a cost

"That's what I believe".

"The driver knows when he sees what happens to me, that he's never going to be on the ideal line", said Kvyat.

"I knew already that I wouldn't be on the flawless line for Turn 12, where the collision happened", said Kvyat after the race, "because you're committed to the corner very fast". So when you put yourself there, you know the collision is 90 per cent unavoidable.

Sainz was unwilling to talk about the incident in public, saying he wanted it to be dealt with behind closed doors at Toro Rosso.

"Unfortunately, we suffered a suspension failure in Q2 which meant I couldn't get back out on track until the very final minutes of the session - I'd like to thank the mechanics for being so fast in getting the auto out again!" said Sainz.

"Then the vehicle 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".

"I'm relaxed, it's one of those things that happens once or twice a year and we need to keep our head up and cheer up the whole team, as they must be disappointed about it, and turn the page".

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.

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"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", Sainz said.

"I don't expect anything to change", said Kvyat. "Me and the team both agreed on that, because the punishment was for leaving the track and rejoining the circuit".

"A drivethrough is extremely strong".

"I saw stronger incidents and they punish five or 10 seconds [added to] the pitstop".

"I don't understand this, and it doesn't feel very nice".

Asked whether the accident would sow further tension at Toro Rosso, Sainz - whose future has been subject to widespread speculation - added: "When there are situations out of your control, it's not like I'm going to be tense about it". "We were battling for position, giving each other space, then one vehicle loses control and collides with the other no?" It makes everything look worse than it really was.

"I don't want to generate any polemics as I think the team has enough with two cars crashing out in the first lap to now have someone talking about the other one".

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

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