Raikkonen: I don’t think Sebastian hit me

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Last year Kimi Raikkonen toiled with little joy with a woeful Ferrari, this year the brains at Ferrari have delivered a handy piece of kit and the Finn was feisty at the season opener in Melbourne.

The 2007 world champion recovered from a first lap melee where his teammate appeared to tag him in the first few turns, nevertheless he came back strong only to be let down by a stubborn wheelnut.

Raikkonen said, at the end of the day which saw him park his Ferrari while chasing hard for fourth place, “Shortly after the start, someone hit me from behind. Then I felt another contact on my right side, but I don’t think it was Sebastian’s car.”
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“The impact activated the anti-stall system and did some damage to the floor of the car. We were very quick in the race, able to catch the Williams and to fight for the podium: but then there were problems at both pit stops.”

“I don’t know exactly what happened, but I know I lost something in terms of downforce. However, my team-mate’s podium is a great result for the team. Already in qualifying, despite my mistake on the quick lap, we knew we had a good car.”

“In the race, the gap to the Mercedes seemed less than on Saturday. It’s simply that [in the race] everything [bad] happened to me,” mused Raikkonen