Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen has expressed his frustration after the unfortunate incident at the start of the 2017 Spanish Grad Prix involving Valtteri Bottas and Max Verstappen, which forced him to retire and left the Maranello team with only one car in the race.
Kimi Raikkonen was hit by Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas into the first corner right-hander, sending him into the path of Red Bull’s Max Verstappen to his outside. With the impact between Kimi and Verstappen breaking the suspension on both cars, the pair were forced out on the 2017 Spanish Grad Prix, as Valtteri Bottas continued for the moment although in the end a technical issue sidelined him later in the race at the Circuit de Catalunya.
Frustrated at the outcome, Raikkonen feels he was denied the chance at a positive final result in the Ferrari SF70H and a place on the podium alongside his teammate: “I got hit on the right rear corner, I think it was Bottas, and then obviously the car jumped because of that and I went into Max. There was nothing I could have do at that point. I haven’t see the images, but the reason was I got hit from behind and then ended up touching with Max. The car was behaving well – in qualifying I didn’t put a very good lap together but apart from that we’ve been quite happy all weekend. Obviously the end result is very bad but we’ll try in the next race again. At least we’re up there and we can challenge Mercedes.” – Kimi Raikkonen said, as reported by the Italian media after the race in Barcelona.
Formula 1 now moves on to the next Grad Prix, which will be one of the most exciting of the F1 season, in Monaco: “Of course we hope to do better and to recover some points in the championship. We have two weeks to get ready for this next race and hopefully things will go a lot better for us.” – the Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver concluded.