Kimi Raikkonen: “We had a pretty poor weekend”

Kimi Raikkonen reflected on a disappointing weekend in Mexico after finding himself eliminated early on after a second clash in three races with fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver had already started from the back row of the grid following an engine change, and had been fighting through the field, but a move into turn four by Bottas on fresher tyres saw Raikkonen’s rear suspension break, ending his afternoon.

“About the accident with Bottas, there are always two different ways to look at things, everybody can have their own view, but to be honest I did not expect a much different end result,” said Raikkonen.

“It’s racing in the end, but I think I was expecting that it probably might happen after Russia. Has he done it on purpose? I don’t know, you can decide yourselves, it doesn’t change the final outcome right now and it’s not going to change anything for me for the future.

“Obviously we had a pretty poor weekend, we were a bit unlucky on many things, and it’s not the nicest feeling for all of us, but we are still a strong team. It was an unlucky situation for both me and Sebastian [Vettel], but that’s how it goes sometimes.

“As a team, we haven’t lost anything, we just had a pretty difficult weekend and I’m sure we can be back in the next two races, trying to finish the season strongly.”