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Kvyat: Sainz equally responsible for Toro Rosso collision

From ESPN - July 16, 2017

SILVERSTONE -- Daniil Kvyat is convinced Toro Rosso teammate Carlos Sainz could have avoided their collision on the first lap of the British Grand Prix.

Kvyat and Sainz had been battling through Copse, before the Russian driver got wide at Becketts and lost control of his car. That spun him across the track and into Sainz, who had been on the outside of the corner, forcing the Spaniard into an immediate retirement.

Though Kvyat continued on, he soon received a drive-through penalty and two points on his superlicence, taking him to the cusp of a one-race ban. Though happy to accept his own role in the incident he insists Sainz should be held equally responsible.

"I knew already that I would not be on the perfect line for Turn 12, where the collision happened, since Turn 10, because you are committed to the corner very fast," Kvyat said. "Second of all I did not leave the track. Me and the team both agreed on that, because the punishment was for leaving the track and rejoining the circuit.

"I am narrowly within the track limits, and we believe the penalty was too harsh for what really happened ... The racing driver knows when he sees what happens to me that you are never going to be on the perfect line for Turn 12. So when you put yourself there, you know the collision is 90 per cent unavoidable. I believe had the other car been anticipating it, it would have been trying to get me back on the next straight.

"But it did not happen. You just put yourself there and say to your teammate 'OK, you just crash into me'. That's what I believe happened, and I completely disagree with the penalty. Yes, of course the responsibility is on me also, but I think we both should be feeling responsible for what happened."

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