No penalty for Raikkonen after hairpin incident

Kimi Raikkonen - Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kimi Raikkonen was under investigation after the Monaco Grand Prix, following an incident at the Lowes hairpin which saw the Finn crash into the barriers. The Scuderia Ferrari man damaged his front wing in the collision, which found its way underneath the SF16-H.

On returning to the track, in what the Finn believed at the time was a safe manner, he touched the Haas F1 Team car of Romain Grosjean, blocking the Frenchman from being able to continue and almost sending him into the barriers, before seeking a safe place to retire the Ferrari.

The Finn eventually parked the SF16-H at the Nouvelle chicane, trailing debris on the track in the process, which was run over by the Sauber of Felipe Nasr, luckily without causing any problems for the Brazilian.

Following the race, Raikkonen was called in to speak to the steward’s whose statement confirmed they had decided the Finn had done nothing to warrant a penalty.

“The driver, in evidence, stated that he thought initially that he could safely proceed to the pits to replace the nose. Radio messages confirm this.  The team advised the driver that he needed to stop the car as soon as possible. The driver stated that he wanted to stop the car in a safe place and the first available place was the runoff area at Turn 10.”

Raikkonen also gave his side of the story to media after the race.

“I locked the rears and couldn’t make the hairpin. I touched the wall and took the front wing out.  After that I struggled to get forwards, I don’t know if somebody hit me after that or what.

“I didn’t know where [the front wing] was so I started to go.”