GP Messico, commenti post gara–01/11/2015
Mexican GP: Raikkonen says he gave Bottas room in crash
Kimi Raikkonen believes Valtteri Bottas could have avoided their collision in Formula 1’s Mexican Grand Prix, but he holds "nothing against" his fellow Finn following the accident.
Raikkonen and Bottas collided after trying to go through Turns 4 and 5 side-by-side, with the Ferrari suffering broken right-rear suspension in the contact, which put Raikkonen out of the race on the spot.
Bottas went on to finish third, and after the race he said he saw no reason to speak with Raikkonen following their second accident in three races – a position the 2007 world champion agreed with.
"I don’t think it helps or changes anything [to discuss the clash]," said Raikkonen after the race.
"There was not much room, but if you go over the kerb on the inside [where Bottas was] then there is enough room.
"It was tight, but if you ask him, I’m sure he’s going to blame me.
"Obviously it was quite slippery there so he locked the front wheel.
"I had to turn in at some point – I cannot just go straight."
The stewards deemed the clash a racing incident, while when Raikkonen and Bottas collided on the final lap of the Russian Grand Prix the Ferrari driver was handed a penalty.
Raikkonen said he was not interested in trying to apportion blame.
"It’s pointless to go through this – one guy will say it’s his fault, one guy will say it’s my fault," he said.
"What are you trying to find, somebody to blame? It doesn’t help anybody.
"We have different stewards at each race, and if you ask 10 people they will see it in a different way.
"Maybe he feels better now with what happened in Russia.
"I have nothing against anybody. This is racing, and if he has a better feeling now it’s good for him.
"Things have a certain way of working out in the long run."
Mexican GP: Bottas says no need for Raikkonen talks after crash
Valtteri Bottas says there is no need for he and Kimi Raikkonen to talk following their second collision in three Formula 1 races during the Mexican Grand Prix.
The two Finns collided at Turn 5 when fighting for position, after Bottas had attacked Raikkonen around the outside of Turn 4.
Raikkonen then tried to turn in for the Turn 5 right-hander, but Bottas was still partly alongside and they made contact, putting the Ferrari driver out of the race with suspension damage.
In Russia the pair collided when fighting over third place on the final lap, with Raikkonen the one trying to make a pass on that occasion.
"It’s a shame it had to end like that, but that’s racing," said Bottas.
"It was big contact, but it was just unlucky that we got together again.
"There is not anything to speak about for me, we were racing hard obviously."
Bottas believes there was enough space through the tight left-right sequence for two cars to get through side-by-side.
"Normally what I’m used to in those situations is that there is enough space for two cars when you go into a chicane," he added.
"Of course, I’m not going to back off, I’m fighting for positions.
"I thought it was a decent possibility to get through but it ended up like this.
"There was just no room. I was on the inside and we touched, but I had no space to go [into]."
Bottas took third place from Red Bull’s Daniil Kvyat after a late-race restart, and he praised Williams for choosing the harder tyre while Kvyat was put on the softer compound.
"It was a really good call from the team – the medium is a low-range tyre, and it seemed to work," he said.
"I saw Daniil sliding it in the last corner and I managed to get close enough and get through.
"It was a really good race, and we did a great job, especially with the strategy."