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GP Week : Issue 231
Having banged wheel with Max Verstappen early in the race, Kimi Raikkonen's united states Grand Prix ultimately came to an end when he slid off the track short after switching to slick tyres. Making contact with the barrier, Raikkonen managed to extract the car before pitting for a new nose, only to be forced out when damage to a brake duct saw temperatures spike. " It was quite slippery there, and I didn’t see a little bit of water, and I lost the rear," Raikkonen explained. I tried to turn, and thought it would be OK to hit the wall sideways, but the front got stuck on the advertising board, so I tried to work with the steering wheel to get the board off the wheel. “I think we had a flat front, maybe flat rear too, and they had to pull the right- front brake duct out. That meant the front brakes overheated and we had to stop. “My mistake, which was an unfortunate thing as we had good pace. The car worked pretty well in those conditions. Even with the damage, it felt good. Not an ideal end.” It ended what had been an eventful race for the Fin, who had earlier voiced his concerns over Verstappen's tactics as the two battled for seventh place. "That guy keeps pushing me off the circuit every time," Raikkonen cried to his team. "If that's legal, I will do the same next time." Raikkonen's comments came after a tough wheel to wheel battle that had seen Verstappen afford the Ferrari driver no quarter. Post-race however Raikkonen was rather more philosophical, claiming he has no problem with Verstappen's tactics so long as they're within the regulations - his radio message an attempt to have them clarified by race officials. " I just wanted to ask if it’s OK, when you are next to another car, and they try to defend the inside and you go round the outside, and at some point at the exit of the corner you’re allowed to push the car onto the kerbs," he claimed. "Apparently it is fine. That’s OK. As long as everybody has the same rules, I don’t mind. " There’s so many rules these days in F1, there are rules that you should not move under braking, you should leave the other guy a car’s space when he’s next to you, is that under braking and not in the corner, it’s not leaving any space if you push the other guy wide... “I don’t complain about what he did this time, but they should be more clear for everybody so we can know what we can do. “I think we touched once, just slightly, it’s fine and it’s racing in the end. It was very close.” 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> UNITED STATES PARTNERS: Red faced Raikkonen