While Sergio Perez insisted he felt Kimi Raikkonen
was to blame for their clash in the Monaco Grand Prix, there was little surprise that the Finn took the opposite view after hitting out at the McLaren
man for costing him vital points in the race for the 2013 championship.
Raikkonen was running in fifth spot when he collided with Perez going into the Nouvelle Chicane in the closing stages of the race, leaving Raikkonen with a left-rear puncture and causing issues with his brakes that put Perez into retirement.
Forced to pit, Raikkonen dropped down outside the points but a storming run through the closing laps saw him maintain his run of points scores after he took tenth from Nico Hulkenberg
on the final lap.
With Sebastian Vettel
taking second place however, Raikkonen lost ground in the title race and was in no doubt as to who was to blame.
“It was a really disappointing day,” he said. “Because of one stupid move from Sergio we've lost a lot of points to Sebastian in the Championship and you can't afford to lose ground like that. He hit me from behind and that's about all there is to it. If he thinks it's my fault that he came into the corner too fast then he obviously has no idea what he's talking about.
“It's not the first time he's hit someone in the race; he seems to expect people to be always looking at what he might do, then move over or go straight on if he comes into the corner too quick and isn't going to make it without running into someone. Not the ideal weekend but there's nothing we can do about it. At least we got one point back at the end.”
Team boss Eric Boullier was also less than impressed with the incident, and said Lotus now needed to fight back when F1 heads to Canada for the next race on the calendar.
"This is certainly not the weekend we wanted,” he said. “Kimi was impeccable all weekend once more and his race was ruined by another driver making unnecessary contact with his car. This caused a puncture and basically ruined his race.
“We've lost ground in both the Constructors' and Drivers' Championships this weekend so we'll be pushing twice as hard when we get to Canada to make amends.”