Scuderia Toro Rosso‘s Carlos Sainz Jr. believes that time has been a ‘great healer’ over his relationship with team-mate Daniil Kvyat.
The pair clashed at high speed on the opening lap of the British Grand Prix with Sainz Jr. retiring from the race, with both drivers blame each another for the incident, although the Stewards at Silverstone felt Kvyat was responsible, issuing him with a penalty.
Kvyat said at the time that his relationship with team-mate Sainz Jr. had ‘never been fantastic’, with the incident marking as a low point between the two, but Sainz said that he feels things are starting to patch up between him and the Russian.
“In that very moment it sure was a [relationship] killer, but time smooths things – the classic saying that time is a great healer,” said Sainz to Formula1.com.
“After one or two weeks you are able to turn the page and stop thinking about it… at least it should work that way!”
Sainz believes himself and Kvyat are both mature enough to turn the page and are capable of moving on from their clashes for the better of the team, especially as they’ve had several run-ins with one-another throughout their careers, including previous ones as team-mates!
“We are both mature enough to be able to turn the page,” said Sainz. “We know each other very well and for many years – we had similar situations in lower categories.”