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Daniil Kvyat not seeking Sebastian Vettel talks in Sochi

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Daniil Kvayt sees no reason to talk to Sebastian Vettel this weekend about the pair's angry Chinese Grand Prix exchange, saying Ferrari's drivers "paid the price" for being unprepared at the first corner.

After the chequered flag in China Kvyat was subjected to an angry post-race tirade from Vettel, who blamed the Red Bull driver for his Turn 1 contact with Ferrari teammate Kimi Raikkonen. Many felt Kvyat had not been at fault after a brave lunge down the inside, which Vettel said had caused him to turn away from the apex and into the path of Raikkonen's car.

Kvyat has not changed his opinion that Vettel was in the wrong for the Shanghai incident.

Asked if he will seek Vettel out in Sochi to clear the air, Kvyat said: "No I don't think there is any need to do that. If he feels so, he will do it, but for me it is all quite clear.

"I think I did what any competitive driver would have done. It was interesting at Turn 1 ... at Turn 1 and early in the racing generally there can be many different situations and you have to be ready for any of those. Ferrari was less ready and they paid the price.

"You can see from the video that I broke much earlier than anyone on the grid, everyone went too hot into Turn 1 which opens up space on the outside, which has poor grip. There is good grip on the inside and I have to thank them for that - that is all I can say about the incident.

"I think we all have our points of view - all the three drivers involved, and it was good to discuss it. Now it is history and now we are focused on the future races, but I guess it was a good episode for Formula One."

Kvyat has no problem with Vettel venting his anger after a race as it is "normal" for drivers to express extreme emotions immediately after the chequered flag.

"I think emotions after the race are high so it's good to speak it out. I don't know what he would say now but after the race it's pure emotions for everyone. I gave my point of view, he gave his point of view, I believe my point of view is right. I don't know what he believes at the moment but we've always treated each other with a lot of respect. I would do it all over again."

The Russian driver does not think his move on Vettel was out of character despite the fact it's gained a large amount of press attention.

"It's always been like that for me in Formula One. I've had many moves in my career already but they've not been in such a spotlight. Now this one seems to have been some audition, which has been talked about. I've always [gone for] a space in wheel-to-wheel racing ... most of the drivers can't leave the door open, there's not a driver who likes that."