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Indian Grand Prix: Lotus apologises for Raikkonen call

Eric Boullier apologises for the colourful language used in a radio exchange with Kimi Raikkonen in India
Lotus team boss Eric Boullier has apologised for the language used in the radio exchange between Kimi Raikkonen and trackside operations director Alan Permane in the Indian Grand Prix.

Permane was heard to tell to Raikkonen to 'move out of the ****ing way' when he was running ahead of team-mate Romain Grosjean in the closing stages of the race, with the pair making contact as Grosjean looked get ahead.

Raikkonen's reply was equally colourful and Boullier admitted that the language used shouldn't have been broadcast over the team's radio – with a promise there would be no repeat.

“Romain was two seconds per lap faster than Kimi at that time, so it was not even a team order,” he said. “By asking Kimi to let Romain pass, we just made the obvious choice, as Massa could have stolen our podium.

“With hindsight, this radio message could have been sent in a less emotional way. There was a lot of tension, a lot of potential technical problems, and some of the words that flew around were simply not appropriate.

“I know that quite a few people were surprised and I can only apologise for that on behalf of the team. It won't happen again.”




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Taz

October 28, 2013 6:15 PM

"a less emotional way" hmmmm "more professional way" would have been a more appropriate comment. If Kimi was driving for them next year he'd never have spoken that way, it's not the 1st time they've argued about who was faster and who should have track position, never heard anyone say "Romain, get out of the f**kin way"

KevinW

October 28, 2013 8:26 PM

What they should be apologizing for is for letting Raikkonnen hang for 51 laps on a ragged set of medium tires. That was easily the stupidest call of the race, followed by the second dumbest - that last lap pit call. When Grosjean approached on lap 55, Raikkonen's mediums were already junk, having run 48 laps. They should have called him in on lap 40-45 and at least given him a chance to fight. His lap times from lap 50-on showed how bad it got. Raikkonnen setting fast lap on new tires for one lap proved that he and the car were capable of delivering much more than they allowed him to extract from it. It all looks a bit contrived. Possibly a ploy to make Grosjean look good to potential Lotus sponsors? To show that they still have the potential to deliver, even after loosing their star driver? In any case, Raikkonnen was the victim of a failed Lotus strategy. The radio comments were meaningless, except to show how panicked and under-skilled Eric is at managing. Their short stopping to



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