You probably wouldn’t want to be Daniil Kyvat right now, or his teammates for that matter. The Russian’s home grand prix could not have turned out worse for him. He was hexed from the beginning, knocking the back of Sebastian Vettel twice within the first three corners. The second bump hurled Vettel into the barriers and the German let out a colorful stream of profanities. In a considerably calmer state of mind, he broke down the fiasco for Sky Sports F1
“You saw more than me, it’s fairly clear. I got a big hit and was lucky not to spin into Turn Two, then another huge hit which turned me around and I couldn’t avoid hitting the barriers.
“There’s nothing I could have done differently. If anybody needs to talk to anybody, I think it’s him.”
We wish we could tell you that that was the extent of his blundering, but alas, we must disappoint. His crash with Vettel ricocheted into Daniel Ricciardo’s car, sending it flying off course. Both vehicles had to be sent to for repairs and were taken out of contention.
Vettel was seen furiously conferring with Red Bull boss Christian Horner in the pitwall. Horner is reported to have left the race with a thunderous expression and is setting up an alarming-sounding talk with Kyvat that could end with the Russian on the firing line. While he openly admits that the Russian “screwed our race completely”, he’s still making an attempt to give him the benefit of the doubt in the public eye.
“The bottom line is that he misjudged it. He hit the back of Seb and that concertinaed into Daniel and that was pretty much the end of our afternoon, unfortunately.
“I’m sure he was pumped up for his home race, but from what he said, it just took him by surprise how quickly the cars stopped ahead of him. He’s young and it’s the first time he’s been involved in an incident like this and I’m sure he’ll learn from it.”
Whether this faith in him is genuine or just good press, Kyvat had better clean up his act. He’s been inviting laser focus to his performance after his promotion from Toro Rosso last year and it seems like younger competitor Max Verstappen is gaining the edge on him with stellar driving. If Kyvat keeps up with the out-of-control racing, Verstappen probably won’t even need to be a good racer to push him out of the running. It’s tantamount to giving your sword to the enemy and asking him to behead you with it.