Raikkonen says damage hurt race

By on Sunday, July 20, 2014
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Kimi Raikkonen believes that damage to his Ferrari F14T compromised his chance of points at the German Grand Prix.

Raikkonen finished in 11th but reckons more might have been possible had he not been involved in a couple of collisions with rivals.

Raikkonen was firstly hit by Lewis Hamilton and latterly by Sebastian Vettel and Fernando Alonso - both times at the hairpin.

The Finn switched from Primes to Options at his first stop but reckons such a strategy was hampered by the damage.

"We thought it was the right choice but I got hit twice, ended up in the middle of two cars and damaged my front wing," he said. "The endplate came off. That didn't help. I killed the front left - the tyres were always OK except the front left.

"So I couldn't run as long as we wanted on the Super Softs and just lost performance because of the damage to the car."

Raikkonen, however, had no problems with either of the collisions.

"It was OK, but when I'm in the middle I can't go anywhere," he said.

"I ended up squeezed a little bit. It wasn't much but it was enough to damage the wing. I couldn't go more to the left because there were cars."


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