GP USA, commenti del giovedì–22/10/2015
Kimi Raikkonen would repeat Russian GP move on Valtteri Bottas
Kimi Raikkonen says he would repeat the last-lap lunge that put Valtteri Bottas out of the Formula 1 Russian Grand Prix if presented with a similar opportunity in the future.
The Ferrari driver hit Bottas’s Williams while challenging for third place, after both had passed Force India’s Sergio Perez as the Mexican’s tyres faded.
Bottas was forced out of the race after sliding into the barriers while Raikkonen limped across the line in fifth before picking up a 30-second penalty from the stewards for the incident, which dropped him to eighth.
After the race, Raikkonen instead his move was not "stupid" and when asked for his opinion on the clash at Austin on Thursday he replied: "It hasn’t changed.
"There were some discussions. I would still do it tomorrow again, that doesn’t change the story.
"Unfortunately we came together, we both lost a bit but that’s racing. I would still do the same thing next time."
When asked for his view, Bottas said his opinion remained "the same", having declared after the race that the clash was not a racing incident.
"I was disappointed to lose the points, but my feeling hasn’t changed," said the Williams driver.
"I wouldn’t do anything different. It’s now history."
Raikkonen had successfully passed Bottas earlier in the race in what the Ferrari driver had suggested was a similar move, but Bottas saw it differently.
"From my point of view, the first one was quite different," said Bottas. "It was much more clear.
"For me as a driver, I’m not going to leave door open two times. It was a different kind of situation."
Raikkonen responded: "It doesn’t change what I said.
"Once he decided [to close the door], I tried to brake and turn in as much as I can but there was no way to avoid it.
"What can you do? Once you go there, you are there. Maybe he didn’t expect it, maybe he didn’t see me.
"I tried to slow down and turn in but it was nothing special. It was an unfortunate thing and it is part of racing.
"We are here to race."
US Grand Prix: Ferrari’s Vettel and Raikkonen get engine penalties
Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen will take 10-place grid penalties for Sunday’s United States Grand Prix after their Ferrari Formula 1 team chose to introduce an updated power unit.
It is understood Ferrari always planned to introduce a new engine for Austin as it will allow the Scuderia fresh engines for the remaining four races while working on development for its 2016 power unit as it bids to catch rival Mercedes.
As Vettel and Raikkonen have both used up their allocation of four engines this season, following an update at Monza last month, they will incur a penalty for taking the fifth.
"We will have the hit of 10 places penalty for a new engine at this event, but it has always been the plan," said Vettel.
"It’s not a big secret, no surprise for us.
"The story is that this was always the plan for us to have the strongest engine available at every single point of the season.
"I think our engine guys have done a massive job, so this should not be understood as a downside. If anything this is very positive."
The decision over whether or not to take the new engine was complicated by the fact Vettel is still mathematically in with a chance of winning this year’s drivers’ championship.
The German is second in the standings, behind championship leader Lewis Hamilton, but is 66 points adrift with a maximum of 100 remaining.
But Vettel said the priority is improving the power unit, rather than focusing on his slim title chance.
"If you look at just this race isolated, it’s not great news, but you have to look at the whole project, the whole season, and it was always the plan to have a fresh engine here until the end of the season," he added.
"The priority was always to have maximum power at every single race.
"That has been our plan and I think it worked very well so far.
"Obviously we have to take the hit here but we should take the positive which is that we were able to make big steps, rather than just [look at] the penalty."