Kimi Raikkonen: “Today we did our maximum”


Kimi Raikkonen - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen finished the Hungarian Grand Prix in sixth having started down in fourteenth following his disappointing qualifying display, but felt he could have finished higher but for the rugged defensive driving by Max Verstappen.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver was critical of the driving standards of Verstappen as the two battled for fifth around the Hungaroring, and felt that had he found a way past the Red Bull Racing driver he could have closed the gap down to his team-mate Sebastian Vettel and to the second Red Bull of Daniel Ricciardo.

“Today my car was really good and behaving well, we had the speed, but obviously this is not the easiest place to overtake,” said Raikkonen. “Unfortunately, after yesterdays qualifying, today we were not in a position that would allow us to get the result we deserved, and this is the most disappointing thing.

“Regarding the battle with Max, it’s not for me to decide but I think that his manoeuvres are questionable. The first time he started to move on the right and I went left, but he moved back there too, so I had to try and get out of it because I was hitting him hard on the rear and I lost my front wing, which didn’t make it easier to attack again.

“Then later, every time I managed to make a move and I was committed to somewhere he decided to turn afterwards, and at that point I had nowhere to go. It’s not my job to determine if he was correct or not, but I have seen people being penalized for much less.

“Today we did our maximum, I’m disappointed because I couldn’t get past Verstappen and go catch the rest.”