Kimi Raikkonen has questioned why the stewards at the Monaco Grand Prix did not make a bigger deal about his incident with Max Chilton that ruined his race.
Raikkonen was running third when the safety car was called out to clear Adrian Sutil’s crashed Sauber at the Nouvelle Chicane. When lapped cars were allowed to repass, Chilton made contact with Raikkonen at Mirabeau causing a puncture and forcing the Ferrari to pit again.
Chilton was reprimanded for the incident, which was the same punishment that Raikkonen received for his clash with Kevin Magnussen towards the end of the race, but when Raikkonen was called to the stewards’ office he felt more attention was given to the latter incident and the fact he missed the drivers’ parade.
“Nobody talked about the safety car thing until I asked,” he said before the reprimands had been published. “It’s not very straightforward unfortunately with those things sometimes. Obviously that was the thing that destroyed the race, but clearly they were not very interested.”
“They asked why I missed the drivers’ parade, but that was because I did not feel very good. So they make a big story about that, but not the main things.”
Despite running as high as third and pulling away from Daniel Ricciardo before the safety car, Raikkonen said he was still not happy with the way his Ferrari was handling.
“Small things went wrong and it made a massive difference. It was unfortunate things but I’m still unhappy with the car, the race was better than qualifying, but we still have a long way to go and to be where we want to be.”
Raikkonen: Chilton destroyed race
The Finn was on course to score his first Formula 1 podium since returning to Ferrari prior to the incident.
Raikkonen jumped from sixth on the grid to fourth at the start and ran third after Sebastian Vettel dropped back with an engine problem in his Red Bull, but was forced to make a second pitstop under the safety car when a collision with Chilton at Mirabeau punctured his rear tyre.
The Briton received a reprimand from the stewards over the incident.
“For some reason he managed to run into my rear tyre and damage it,” Raikkonen explained.
“He was unlapping himself, but I don’t know how he expected me to go offline in the tight corner as he was going past me.
“I don’t know what he was thinking, but obviously it destroyed my race and after that point the race was gone.
“I had a good position, good speed, but again got nothing out of it. But it wasn’t really our fault.”