RESULTS: Malaysian Grand Prix – Race results
Kimi Raikkonen says his Ferrari suffered damage to its floor after he was struck by Nico Rosberg towards the end of the Malaysian Grand Prix, even if he doesn't believe it compromised his end result.
The Finn ran a fairly lonely fourth for much of the Sepang race when he was caught by the charging Rosberg on lap 37, the Mercedes driver forging his way up the order after being tagged into a spin by Raikkonen's Ferrari Sebastian Vettel team-mate on lap one.
With momentum on his side, Rosberg proceeded to dive for an inside line into turn two, but the pair would struck front wheels – seemingly causing damage to the Ferrari – as Rosberg nosed ahead.
POINTS: F1 World Championship Standings after the Malaysian GP
However, though stewards would take a dim view of Rosberg's conduct, slapping him with a 10secs time penalty, by finishing 13s ahead of Raikkonen it would not affect his final finishing position of third.
Nevertheless, while Raikkonen was frustrated to lose out to Rosberg, he refused to speculate whether it lost him a shot at third once the penalty had been applied.
“We tried and did what we could but obviously it wasn't enough for a better result. As for the contact with Rosberg, I kind of expected he would try something because he had a bit of a funny line going into Turn One.
“In Turn Two I was turning in and suddenly saw a flash in the mirrors, had to run right otherwise maybe we both finish the race there. I got some damage on the floor and that obviously didn't help, he got penalised but that didn't change the end result.
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“I don't think [the damage] changed an awful lot our race, but it was not ideal. We have to see and learn about those things. About the damage there was a bit on the endplate but a lot more on the floor, it was missing parts in front of the rear tyre and for sure that didn't help.
“All those things are there for a purpose, but that's what happened and, unfortunately we couldn't get third place.”
Despite the indifferent end result, Raikkonen has risen back ahead of Vettel in the overall standings to fourth place, seven points ahead of his team-mate.
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