Raikkonen unhappy with Bottas after clash

By on Monday, November 2, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen admitted he was expecting contact with Valtteri Bottas at some point in the wake of their clash during the closing stages of the Russian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen collided with Bottas on the last lap in Sochi as the pair contested third spot in an incident which was blamed on the Ferrari driver.

The duo made contact again in Mexico, when Bottas was attempting to pass the yet-to-pit Raikkonen through the Turn 4/5 complex.

Raikkonen was eliminated in the incident while Bottas went on to finish in third place, with the stewards deeming the contact to be a racing incident.

"About the accident with Bottas, there are always two different ways to look at things, everybody can have their own view, but to be honest I did not expect a much different end result," he said.

"It’s racing in the end, but I think I was expecting that it probably might happen after Russia. Has he done it on purpose? I don’t know, you can decide yourselves, it doesn’t change the final outcome right now and it’s not going to change anything for me for the future."

Raikkonen was left to rue a sub-par weekend for Ferrari as neither driver finished a race for the first time since 2006.

"Obviously we had a pretty poor weekend, we were a bit unlucky on many things, and it’s not the nicest feeling for all of us, but we are still a strong team," he said.

"It was an unlucky situation for both me and Sebastian [Vettel], but that’s how it goes sometimes. As a team, we haven’t lost anything, we just had a pretty difficult weekend and I’m sure we can be back in the next two races, trying to finish the season strongly."

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