Raikkonen says move on Bottas 'not crazy'

By on Monday, October 12, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen has defended his attempt at overtaking Williams rival Valtteri Bottas on the final lap of the Russian Grand Prix, which left the younger Finn in the barriers.

The pair were contesting third position when Raikkonen dived up the inside of Bottas into Turn 4 in an attempt to wrestle the podium spot away from the Williams driver.

Raikkonen and Bottas collided, with the latter being spun into the wall as Raikkonen continued with damage and slipped to fifth.

Stewards later deemed Raikkonen to be at fault and handed him a 30 second time penalty, which demoted him to eighth position.

"All through the race the car was behaving well, especially after the pit stop, but then I was stuck behind other cars and had no speed on the straight, so it was hard to get past," he said.

"In the final stages, I tried to overtake Valtteri in the same place I had passed him earlier in the race, I had a good run in Turn 3 and in the next one there would have been enough space, so I decided to go for it.

"I don’t know if he was not expecting me at all or if he did not see me, but once I decided to go there was no way I could back off.

"I tried to turn inside as much as I could, but there was no way to go and in the end we collided. It is an unfortunate thing for us and for them, nobody want to have an accident even if it’s part of racing. It’s really a shame, but my move was based on a good chance and not something completely crazy."

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