Scuderia Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen described his coming together with Red Bull Racing’s Max Verstappen during Sunday’s 2017 Spanish Grand Prix as a ‘bit of a weird accident’.
Raikkonen and Verstappen made contact in Turn 1 of the first lap after Bottas clipped Raikkonen right rear wheel. The contact pushed Raikkonen wide, sending Verstappen and him off track and damaging Raikkonen’s front suspension.
“I think I left Bottas enough space, and all I know is I got hit from the right rear corner,” Raikkonen told Racer. “I’m pretty sure Bottas had enough space but I don’t know what happened.”
“I got hit in the right rear corner, in the rear wheel. Max and I couldn’t have done anything and it was a bit of a weird accident. Obviously it’s a disappointing end of the race, especially after making a good start. The car had been quite OK the whole weekend, so it is quite disappointing to finish the race in the first corner. We’ll try on the next one.”
Verstappen reiterated Raikkonen’s take on the accident, saying it wasn’t really his fault and that he left enough room for him before Bottas made contact. The Mercedes driver wasn’t penalized for the incident, deeming it a racing incident.
“I tried to go around the outside as there was plenty of room there. If Valtteri had not touched Kimi, we all would have had enough room to get through that corner,” the Dutchman said. “Due to the contact it meant Kimi lost control and slammed into me, but it wasn’t his fault.”