Raikkonen: It's just bad luck

By on Sunday, November 3, 2013
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen was left to rue his misfortune after being forced out of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix at the first corner.

Raikkonen hit one of the Caterham drivers at the start and sustained irreparable damage to his Lotus E21.

"There was some contact in front of me through the first corner so I stuck to the inside, but unfortunately one of the Caterhams touched my front wheel and it broke the track rod," he said.

"It wasn’t a heavy impact, but the angle made it worse. It’s never easy starting so far back on the grid, but after the penalty it was a better choice to help our chances in the race rather than starting from the pit lane."

"After a difficult start to the weekend we did well yesterday so it was a shame we couldn’t start where we qualified, but these things happen sometimes; it’s just back luck."

Raikkonen retains third place in the drivers' championship, although he is now 34 points behind Fernando Alonso.

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