Alonso frustrated with Raikkonen conduct

By on Sunday, October 7, 2012

Fernando Alonso has hit out at Kimi Raikkonen following his first lap retirement from the Japanese Grand Prix.

Alonso and Raikkonen made contact approaching the first corner, sending the Spaniard spinning into gravel and a premature retirement.

"I had no space on the right, I had Button I think on my left, I had Kimi... and I don't understand why Kimi didn't lift off or anything because there was not any room. I don't know what Kimi's idea was for the first corner, but that is the way it is and this time it was bad luck for us", he said.

Raikkonen retorted that the Ferrari driver left him with little option other than contact.

"I was on the left hand side all the way since the very beginning of the start. He kept coming left more and more. I tried to go further left but I had nowhere to go. They all came over on my side and touched my front wing so I couldn't go anywhere else", said Raikkonen.

Alonso also urged his team to improve as he suggested that Felipe Massa's podium was down to circumstance rather than anything else.

"Well, it's a bit because of the coincidences in the race that Felipe is second. Yesterday we qualified sixth and eleventh. We have had the same car for six races, without adding any new bits, and it's a bit thanks to the circumstances..."< he said.

"Felipe did a perfect race, driving well, but there are cars which are a lot faster making a mistake after another and that has helped Felipe"

Alonso's championship lead has been trimmed to four points with five events remaining.

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