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GP Week : Issue 232
Kimi raikkonen's stricken Ferrari with its rear wheels splayed perfectly encapsulated Ferrari's weekend. For a race that had promised so much, it ultimately delivered one of the worst results for the Prancing horse in a decade. Raikkonen was eliminated early following another wheel to wheel battle with countryman Valtteri Bottas. The pair touched at turn four as Raikkonen closed the door while the Williams driver's foot was in it. The incident raised eyebrows at the time with some branding it a racing incident while others suggested there was a hint of payback from Bottas, who crashed out of the Russian Grand Prix three weeks ago in similar circumstances. "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," Raikkonen said after the race. "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.” Predictably, Bottas had a slightly different view of the incident. "For me, we were racing hard, obviously, and normally, what I’m used to in those kind of situations, there is enough for two cars when you go into a chicane like that but this time there wasn’t," he explained. “And of course I’m not going to back off, I’m fighting for the positions. I was calculating the risk, I think there was a decent possibility to get through. “But, hey, it ended up like this. I don’t know if there’s anything really to speak about. Unlucky that it was us two that collided again.” Sebastian Vettel in the second Ferrari also ended the day early after spinning into the barrier at turn seven. It was a mistake for which the German held up his hand, despite some obser vers suggesting the error could have been the result of a braking issue. Vettel had earlier had a moment at the same corner as he battled back through the field following a first corner puncture. Having lost a place to Daniil Kvyat off the start, Vettel moved to take the apex at the first turn, only to run into Ricciardo who was trying to follow his teammate through. The first corner incident saw both Ferrari's buried in the pack from the start and the Italian team's day didn't get any better from there. 31 GPWEEK.com // 31 GPWEEK.com // F1 >>> MEXICO PARTNERS: Worst day in a decade