Raikkonen: Fifth position not a disaster

By on Sunday, April 17, 2016
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen accepted an apology from Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel following a first lap collision before recovering to fifth place in China.

Raikkonen adopted a wide line through Turn 1 but was clipped by Vettel, which sent him off track with a damaged front wing.

Raikkonen was able to surge through the pack to collect fifth place and labelled his race as "not a disaster."

"I have no idea of what happened at the start, I suddenly got hit and spun," he said.

"I had a puncture in the left front tyre and a front wing damage, but I managed to get back to the pits.

"Once I went back on track I found myself more or less in last position, the car felt a bit tricky, but I tried to do my best to charge thorugh the field. At the beginning I struggled a bit, but then I managed to recover some places.

"Obviously the fifth position is not ideal and not what we were looking for, but after what happened it's not a disaster.

"Seb came to apologise to me afterwards and it's obvious he didn't run into me on purpose. Unfortunately this does not change things for the race but it's only the third round of a long season."

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