Carlos Sainz Jr. says that time has been “a great healer” in the rift between himself and Toro Rosso Formula 1 team-mate Daniil Kvyat following their clash on the first lap of the British Grand Prix last month.

Kvyat and Sainz collided at high-speed on the opening lap of the race at Silverstone three weeks ago, eliminating the latter on the spot. Both drivers blamed each other for causing the collision, although the stewards deemed Kvyat to have been responsible.

Kvyat said at the time that his relationship with Sainz had “never been fantastic”, with the incident appearing to act as a low point during their time together at Toro Rosso.

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Sainz feels that things have since been patched up, the pair having known each other long enough to let bygones be bygones and move on.

“In that very moment it sure was a [relationship] killer, but time smooths things - the classic saying that time is a great healer,” Sainz told the official F1 website.

“After one or two weeks you are able to turn the page and stop thinking about it... at least it should work that way!

“We are both mature enough to be able to turn the page. We know each other very well and for many years – we had similar situations in lower categories.

“We move on to new shores.”