Raikkonen critical over Verstappen's racing

By on Sunday, August 28, 2016
Kimi Raikkonen/Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen/Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen probably had the pace for finishing the Belgian Grand Prix on the podium if it wasn't for the first corner clash which ruined both his car and race.

The Ferrari driver finished ninth after an eventful race that saw him involved in a few battles with Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

“After the start, at the first corner, Sebastian didn't see that there was another car on the inside: he expected me to turn but I couldn't, so I found myself stuck in the middle with nowhere to go. We ended up touching each other and this was pretty bad for the rest of the race. After that it was an uphill battle: the floor of my car was a bit damaged, but we managed to recover some positions and do the best we could, even though it was not easy.

“It's hard to say where we would have been without the issue at the first corner, but the car felt well throughout the weekend. This was not the result that we were looking for, it's a pity but that's how racing goes sometimes.“

Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

The Finn was angry with the way Max Verstappen choose to defend his position on the Kemmel straight and believes this kind of racing behaviour could lead to a huge crash in the future.

“I'm fine with fair racing and close battles, but, in my opinion, what happened at Eau Rouge with Verstappen was not correct. I was going full speed and I had to back off before Turn 5 because he just turned in front of me when I tried to overtake him. I've never had that with any other driver, if I hadn't braked hard I would have hit him at full speed and it would have ended up in a massive accident.

“Something is not corect in my view but for whatever reasons the stewards say it is OK. If I would not have braked we would have had a massive accident and I'm sure it will happen sooner or later if this doesn't change. It seems to be OK [as Verstappen was not penalised], so it's interesting to see once something happens who is to blame. I am fine with good racing and hard battles but in that situation it was not correct.“


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