Maurizio Arrivabene refused to criticise Kimi Raikkonen for the crash that ultimately forced him out of the United States Grand Prix, instead praising him for his valiant attempt to get back on track.
Another unsatisfying weekend for the Finn following his penalty in the Russian Grand Prix, Raikkonen had been battling back from 18th on the grid following an engine change on his Ferrari, getting embroiled in a particularly fierce battle with Max Verstappen and Carlos Sainz.
However, Raikkonen's race would come to an abrupt conclusion when, after changing to slick tyres, the Ferrari snapped away from him on a damp patch, sending him off track. Collecting the barriers and damaging his front-wing, though Raikkonen got going again, he would eventually retire with brake problems
“I came out of the pits but I didn't see a little patch of water on that corner, it was a bit slippery, the car got loose on the rear and there wasn't a big enough run off area. I tried to turn and thought it would be OK if I hit the wall sideways, as I wasn't going fast.
“I got stuck on the advertising board, the front got stuck, so I had to work with the steering wheel to get unstuck. Unfortunately when I came in we had a flat front tyre and maybe a flat rear tyre, so a brake duct got a bit damaged, so they had to pull it out. Then, obviously, the front brake overheated when I went out, I was going to run out of brakes, so the team called me in.
“It was my mistake and that's unfortunate, because we had very good speed, the car was feeling great, working pretty well in these conditions. Hopefully in the next race there won't be any mistakes and we'll get the result.”
Far from being disappointed at Raikkonen's self-inflicted exit, Ferrari team principal Arrivabene says he was impressed with his resolve rather than stopping on the stop.
“I appreciate the fact that he tried very hard to come out of the barrier and this is a gesture that demonstrated 360 degrees the spirit of the team this year.”