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F1 United States Grand Prix: Raikkonen seeks driving clarity after Verstappen clash

Kimi Raikkonen has vented his frustration at what he feels is inconsistency from Formula 1 officials after his clash with Max Verstappen.
Kimi Raikkonen has vented his frustration at what he feels is inconsistency from Formula 1 race officials after his clash with Max Verstappen at the United States Grand Prix.

The Ferrari driver feels during the his coming together with the rookie Verstappen he was pushed over the kerb rather than being given a fair racing line. In a tongue-in-cheek comment he says he accepts what happened if he is allowed to do the same thing in the future.

“With Verstappen what I wanted to know was if it's OK, when you're next to another car you're allowed to push the other car over the kerb,” Raikkonen said. “Obviously he's trying to defend when I'm trying to pass on the outside. It was fine, apparently it's OK, so it was fine. As long as everybody has the same rules it doesn't matter.”

The 2007 F1 world champion will be seeking clarity from race officials ahead of next week's Mexican Grand Prix and says he is already over the incident in Austin with the 18-year-old.

“You have so many rules these days in Formula One, you have rules saying you shouldn't change line under braking, you should leave the other car enough room, one car space, but you're not leaving space if you're pushing the other guy wide,” he said. “I don't complain, it's fine, but it's not fine if the next time I do it to someone else the same to get penalised – that's the issue.

“You can do a lot of things, depending on the person, and then someone else does the same and gets penalised – that's not fine. I don't complain about what he did today but it should be clearer, so we know what we can do and what we can't do.

“I think we touched one, slightly, but it was fine. It's racing, in the end, and I don't mind, but it was really a close one. We touched a bit but it was fine.”



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