GP Belgio, commenti post gara–28/08/2016
Raikkonen: Verstappen will have massive crash if he doesn’t change
Kimi Raikkonen believes Max Verstappen will have a "massive accident sooner or later" if he doesn’t change his behaviour in on track battles in Formula 1.
The Ferrari driver was furious with Verstappen for the way he defended on the Kemmel Straight in the Belgian Grand Prix, feeling the teenager moved too late to cover the inside line.
"The problem is when I came with DRS I am 15-20kph faster than him and once I turn he waits and waits and turns after me," said Raikkonen.
"The speed difference is quite high so I have to brake and slow down to avoid him.
"It’s not what should happen at full speed, but for whatever reasons the stewards say it is OK.
"If I would not have braked we would have had a massive accident and I’m sure it will happen sooner or later if this doesn’t change.
"It seems to be OK [because Verstappen was not penalised], so it’s interesting to see once something happens who is to blame.
"Maybe it needs an accident before things get more clear to everybody, but hopefully not because it can be bad for somebody and nobody wants to see something like that happen.
"Fighting hard is fine but something like that should not be correct."
Raikkonen’s Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel, who was caught up in a first-corner tangle with Verstappen and Raikkonen at the start, says he will talk to the Red Bull racer about his driving.
"I’m not a fan of penalising people, it’s not the way to educate," said Vettel.
"We need to talk to each other, we need to have respect.
"The best way to educate is to talk rather than create a fuss in the media.
"We are men and it is best to stand in front of each other and talk to each other.
"It’s right to criticise but it’s wrong to try and make too much of a story.
"I get along with him, I like him, but certain movements, especially under braking – which I faced when I was racing with him – are not correct.
"It’s probably something that needs to click and he needs to understand."
Speaking about the first corner incident specifically, Vettel described Verstappen’s move on the inside as "bold", and explained that he turned in on the two cars to his right because they were in his blind spot.
"With hindsight it was easy – if I’d turned in later or wider only those two would be making contact and I’d get away with it," he said.
"But the problem is that you can’t fit three cars in that corner and the inside one is able to trigger trouble on the outside, which is what both Kimi and myself suffered from."
Max Verstappen slams Ferrari’s Vettel/Raikkonen after Spa collision
Max Verstappen has hit out at Ferrari Formula 1 drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel after an incident-packed Belgian Grand Prix.
Red Bull driver Verstappen collided with the Ferraris at the first corner as all three cars tried to get around the La Source hairpin side-by-side, and he had more run-ins with Raikkonen as they fought back through the field later in the race.
Raikkonen was heavily critical of Verstappen on the radio, saying "his only interest is pushing me off the circuit completely" and later calling his driving "fucking ridiculous".
Raikkonen was particularly unhappy with Verstappen moving late to defend his position on the Kemmel Straight, which he claimed forced him to brake at full speed to avoid an accident.
When asked by TV crews if he needs to tone down his driving, Verstappen said: "To be honest, it’s a big lie.
"I’m just defending my position and if somebody doesn’t like it it’s his own problem.
"After Turn 1 when they do something like that, I’m not going to give up my position that easily afterwards."
Raikkonen added: "I’m all up for fair battles and close racing but when I have to back off on the straight when I’m making my move, that’s not correct.
"I had to brake from full speed. I haven’t had that with any other driver."
The teenager put most of the blame for the "ridiculous" first-corner collision on Vettel, who was on the outside going into the corner, with Raikkonen in the middle.
"My start wasn’t great but I dived on the inside, I didn’t lock a wheel, so I was easily making the corner," said Verstappen.
"But they just kept squeezing me and at one point I was on the inside, Kimi was squeezing, but then Sebastian just turned in on both of us.
"He knows he is on the outside and he just turns into the corner where there are two other cars.
"That took my front wing, I had a lot of damage and my floor got destroyed, so from there the race was gone."
Verstappen could only recover to 11th, missing out on points, as he struggled for pace with his damaged car.