Bottas critical of Raikkonen approach

By on Thursday, October 15, 2015
Williams Martini Racing

Williams Martini Racing

Williams driver Valtteri Bottas has questioned Kimi Raikkonen's approach during the final lap of the Russian Grand Prix, following the collision between the pair at Sochi.

Bottas occupied third position when Raikkonen attempted a move at Turn 4, but contact left the Williams driver in the wall, while Raikkonen went on to finish fifth, before a penalty relegated him to eighth.

"It's very disappointing to lose P3 in the last lap and end up with zero points," Bottas wrote in his post-race blog for Williams.

"I had fought back to a podium position and then somebody just crashed into me. What can I say? It's just disappointing.

"I don't think it was a standard racing incident. I didn't see anyone there next to me and I was in front, quite clearly ahead, and taking my line. Then suddenly, already at the apex, I felt someone hit me. I don't really get the point of doing moves like that on the last lap."

Bottas added that he was not bothered by Raikkonen's penalty, pointing out that it does not assist his or Williams' predicament.

"The fact Kimi got a penalty doesn't matter really to me. I'm never getting those points back. One thing I know for sure: I was not at fault, so I am happy about that at least, but it doesn't really help at the end of the day.

"I'm a little bit surprised by Kimi's move. There's a fine line between aggressiveness and just going for it, and what happened on Sunday was just too much."

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