Kvyat collisions dump Vettel out of Russian GP

Sun May 1, 2016 9:17am EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel let rip with a blast of swear words after two first lap collisions with Red Bull's Daniil Kvyat dumped him out of the Russian's home race on Sunday.

The two had traded barbs at the previous Chinese Grand Prix when Vettel took issue with an aggressive first lap overtake down the inside by the Russian that triggered a collision between the Ferraris.

They lined up together on the fourth row of the grid in Sochi and chaos ensued.

The Russian twice smashed into the rear of the Ferrari at successive corners, the second impact shunting the four times world champion -- who won his titles with Red Bull -- into the wall.

Vettel's reaction over team radio was mostly censored with bleeps for television audiences.

"I'm out. Crashed. Somebody hit me in the ... rear at turn two, and then somebody hit me in the ... rear again in turn three," the German ranted.

"Honestly. what the ... are we doing here?," exclaimed the German, who had called Kvyat a 'madman' in China and accused him of launching himself like a torpedo through the field.

Stewards imposed a 10 second stop/go penalty on Kvyat for causing the collisions.   Continued...

Formula One - Russian Grand Prix - Sochi, Russia - 29/4/16 - Ferrari Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany drives during the second practice session. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov