Raikkonen reveals car damage compromised race

By on Sunday, March 30, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen says that his Ferrari F14 T sustained damage after he was hit by Kevin Magnussen early on in the Malaysian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen had to pit after the contact left him with a flat tyre but the Finn revealed that the damage was more substantial than just a damaged Pirelli.

"I am very disappointed with how this race turned out, because I got a good start, but then the collision with Magnussen damaged my right rear tyre, which meant I had to make an extra stop," he said.

"That wiped out any chance I had of fighting for a good finish.

"After the accident, the car’s handling was not the same, as the tyre had caused damage to the floor, which led to a loss of downforce. On my first set of tyres, I had some difficulties and it was only after the final stop, when I fitted the Mediums that it went better, but by then it was too late."

Raikkonen rejoined the action at the back of the field but recovered to 12th place. The Finn reckons he could have finished close to team-mate Fernando Alonso without the collision.

"[It's] hard to say how things might have gone without that problem, because our rivals were very quick, but maybe I could have finished close to Fernando."

"It was a really unlucky day, but overall we managed to improve our performance and now we must concentrate on the positive aspects of this weekend and work to improve starting already next week in Bahrain."


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