Raikkonen: Max will cause a massive accident

Max Verstappen (NLD) Red Bull Racing RB12 and Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Ferrari SF16-H battle for position. 28.08.2016. Formula 1 World Championship, Rd 13, Belgian Grand Prix, Spa Francorchamps, Belgium, Race Day. -, EMail: - copy of publication required for printed pictures. Every used picture is fee-liable. © Copyright: Moy / XPB Images

A livid Kimi Raikkonen has warned that Max Verstappen’s driving tactics will sooner or later lead to a massive accident, after the pair clashed again, this time during the Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen and both Ferrari drivers collided as they powered into Turn 1 at the start of the race at Spa-Francorchamps.


Raikkonen and the teenage Red Bull driver had to pit to repair damages and what were podium ambitions for the pair turned to nought.

Then a little later in the race, the duo clashed on track again as Verstappen defended aggressively when Raikkonen attempted to pass on the Kemmel Straight. This forced the Finn to go straight through Les Combes and took the position from the Dutchman at that point.

He was told to relinquish the place which triggered a tirade of abuse, over the radio to his engineer, from Raikkonen.

After the race, visibly angry he told media, “If I had not braked, we would have had a massive accident. It will happen sooner or later if this doesn’t change. I am fine with good, hard racing but that is not correct.”

“Other guys defend but they do it correctly,” Raikkonen said. “He waits and waits and turns after me and I have to brake and slow down. It is not exactly what should happen.

“Maybe it needs an accident before it makes it more clear to everybody but hopefully not because it can be bad for someone. Nobody wants to see anybody get hurt.

“Something is not correct in my view, but the stewards have a different opinion.”

Raikkonen’s Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel, who too had a ding-dong with the stubborn Dutchman said, “I am not a fan of penalising people. We need talk to each other and have respect.”

“There have been a couple of manoeuvres that the rest of the field is not happy with his behaviour.”

“The best way to educate is just to talk rather than create a fuss in the media. We are men,” added the four times F1 world champion.