Lauda blames Raikkonen for Silverstone crash

The crashed Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen is recovered

The crashed Ferrari of Kimi Raikkonen is recovered

Kimi Raikkonen will sit out the post-British Grand Prix test, after his high speed crash on Sunday, as Ferrari say he needs to rest a bruised ankle and knee while Niki Lauda insists the Finn has only himself to blame.

Raikkonen’s crashed car also took out Williams’ Felipe Massa, and a photograph taken by a trackside fan showed how close a flying tyre from the Ferrari came to hitting Max Chilton on the head.

“It was a scary moment,” the Marussia driver confirmed.

In the aftermath some have been highly critical of Raikkonen, suggesting the crash was caused because he refuses to do otherwise customary pre-race walks of the Formula 1 circuits, noting sites of potential hazards and irregularities.

Formula 1 legend Niki Lauda, the Mercedes team chairman, has slammed the Finn.

“He went wide, so why does he come in balls out and then crash?” former Ferrari driver and triple world champion Lauda is quoted by AFP news agency. “It was unnecessary.”

But Lauda also had a wider criticism, insisting the one-hour race delay to fully repair the damaged armco was “ridiculous”.

“This over-nursing of Formula 1, being over cautious, over-controlling and over-regulating drives me mad,” he said.

Indeed, Lauda’s fear that television viewers would switch over to other sporting spectacles, like the Tour de France or Wimbledon, apparently proved correct, with the British Grand Prix recording its worst ratings since 2006.

He even slammed Sebastian Vettel for “screaming like a child” on the radio during his thrilling duel with fellow champion Fernando Alonso.

But according to Spain’s Marca, Red Bull’s Christian Horner has said that the real problem between Vettel and Alonso was “all these rules on the limits of the circuit”. (GMM)