Arrivabene: This is racing, it’s not monopoly

Date published: April 18 2016 - Editor

Maurizio Arrivabene has absolved Daniil Kvyat of any blame in Ferrari’s opening lap collision in Shanghai, insisting “it was an accident.”

Sebastian Vettel lashed out at the Red Bull Racing, labelling him a “mad man” as the German felt Kvyat’s antics at the start of the Chinese GP left him without any room on the track.

As such Vettel committed the worse sin in Formula 1 as he collided with his team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, causing damaging to the Finn’s Ferrari.

But while Vettel was fuming, his team boss saw nothing wrong with the incident.

“I think pointing the finger at somebody isn’t correct,” said Arrivabene.

“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.”

He added: “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?”