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
Kimi Raikkonen feels a collision with Max Chilton’s Marussia under the second safety car period “destroyed” his Monaco Grand Prix.
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.”
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Post-race interview: http://www.formel1.de/news/grand-prix-berichte/2014-05-25/gebrauchter-tag-raeikkoenen-wettert-gegen-rennkommissare
Translation courtesy of https://twitter.com/miezicat1
“Nobody has talked about the safety car phase until I asked about it. They said: ‘About this we know nothing’. I asked how that can be? then one guy said to me: ‘We have nothing from Charlie. Charlie told me that he had spoken to them about it, but 10 minutes later they tell me that he had not said anything. No idea. These things are unfortunately sometimes not very honest. Obviously this was the thing that destroyed my race but they had no great interest.”
Kimi “Somehow he has managed to drive into my rear tyre and damaged it. I don’t know how he could have expected that I would go off the line into a tight turn. He has destroyed my race at this time. After that the race was finished. I had a good position and a good speed but I haven’t taken anything which was not our fault.”
Q: best race of season? Kimi: “I have often done well, but in the race then always went something wrong. Punctures or other people who touched me. It just never all fits together. It’s a shame,because today we had a good position again. It’s just bad luck. Little things go wrong and make a big difference. There are unfortunate things and I’m still not happy with the car. During the race it was better than in qualifying, but it is still a long way to go before we get there, where we want to be. We have to improve in many areas. We have made a lot of things especially with the PU. But we still lack speed. Hopefully we have a bit more luck in the future.”
Marussia running Ferrari engine right? Team order in its peak..
This could have been one of the best race of the season ..but luck has again not been at kimi”s side…turned into the worst race for kimi…i hope he gets his well deserved podium in canada
Kimi You are best driver in F1, just show them how is driving, give them a lesson.
Its not first time to have this kind of collision, luck will come.
I think someone should take Max Chilton round the back of the pits and give him a good slap for ruining Kimi’s race !!!!
I used to quite like James Allison, but after his comments I’ve gone right off him. You remember James Allison, who said, “I’ve got a long contract at Lotus and I intend to honour it” !!! Yeah, right.
when i can see kimi win race again?