Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari should not be too disappointed with his Malaysian Grand Prix result because the team “ended up paying a big price from somebody else's mistakes”.
After a solid start, Raikkonen was running just ahead of Kevin Magnussen when the McLaren clipped his right rear tyre in Turn 2 and gave the Ferrari a puncture. Raikkonen limped back to the pits but having to complete a whole lap at such a slow speed ruined his race and even though he eventually finished in 12th place Raikkonen was unconcerned because there was little Ferrari could have done about the situation.
“It's obviously not the ideal start but [in the race] we didn't do much wrong,” Raikkonen said. “Obviously we ended up paying a big price from somebody else's mistakes. It's an unfortunate thing but it's part of racing so we will just have to try to do everything better in the next race and achieve better results.”
Raikkonen also said he had been unaware about when the incident occurred, but confirmed the long lap with a puncture had seen more damage caused to the car.
“I haven't seen it but I heard that it was his front wing that hit me and damaged my wheel. I didn't feel anything so I have no idea when it was or where. Obviously it destroyed our race so it was not very good for us but I can't say much because I haven't seen it.”
“On Friday and Saturday we'd been pretty OK until obviously qualifying wasn't ideal and I wasn't so happy as practice, but we were still in an OK position for the race. I think we got a pretty good start but then obviously had that issue with the rear tyre. I had some damage after that so we lost some downforce because the tyre damaged floor.”