F1: Raikkonen, Bottas unrepentant on Russia collision
Kimi Raikkonen has no regrets over the collision with countryman Valtteri Bottas in Russia, and says that he would do the same again in a similar situation.
Raikkonen received a time penalty and points on his license after the controversial clash that sent Bottas into the barrier.
“Well it hasn’t changed,” Kimi said when asked for his thoughts. “Obviously there were some discussions and penalties given to me, but I would still do it tomorrow again, that doesn’t change the story. Unfortunately, we came together in the end and we both lost a bit, but that’s life, that’s racing. I don’t feel bad about it and if somebody feels that, it’s up to them. It’s OK for me. Like I said, I would still do the same thing next time and maybe it goes better.”
Kimi admitted that there was nothing he could do once Bottas turned in: “I tried to brake and turn in as much as I can, but there’s no way to avoid it. Once you go there you do it or not. Once I saw that he’s coming… I don’t know. Maybe he didn’t expect or didn’t see me.
“I tried to slow down and turn in, but you know, in the end if there’s no space there’s no space. We’re going to collide. It’s an unfortunate thing but it’s a part of racing. You get penalized sometimes, sometimes not. We are here to race, it’s pointless to cry afterwards. I’m sure that people like it more like that than just following each other, so it’s part of the thing.”
Bottas meanwhile insisted that he had moved on.
“For me it’s the same really. It was a good weekend until the last lap, so of course disappointing to lose the points but my opinion hasn’t changed. I wouldn’t do anything different and it’s now history, so I’m 100 percent ready to move on.”
“I guess it’s still interesting for you guys, but for us not so much. From my point of view the first one was quite a different one, it was much more clear that he could do it. And of course for me, as a driver, not going to leave the door open two times. So, for me, it was a different kind of situation, as we saw from the result.”