Ferrari's Arrivabene won't blame Kvyat for Chinese GP incident

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Maurizio Arrivabene feels there is nothing to gain from apportioning blame in the Chinese Grand Prix collision involving Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyat

Ferrari's Arrivabene won't blame Kvyat for Chinese GP incident

Ferrari Formula 1 team principal Maurizio Arrivabene feels there is nothing to gain from apportioning blame in the Chinese Grand Prix collision involving Sebastian Vettel, Kimi Raikkonen and Daniil Kvyat.

Vettel and Raikkonen had to settle for second and fifth in the Shanghai F1 race after coming together at the first corner, with Vettel furiously blaming his Red Bull successor Kvyat for pushing him wide into his team-mate.

Asked if he had the same opinion as Vettel, Arrivabene replied: "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?"

While Vettel was adamant Kvyat triggered the collision, he still apologised to Raikkonen and Ferrari for having been part of it.

Asked what Vettel had said to him, Raikkonen replied: "Obviously he said sorry but unfortunately it doesn't change anything.

"But I'm sure he didn't do it on purpose.

"It's not ideal for me or for the team but sometimes it goes like that.

"I paid the price for us but it wasn't a disaster.

"I'd take this over no points, we still made something out of it."

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