Raikkonen: Formula 1 looked like amateurs today

Formula 1’s elder stateman Kimi Raikkonen has slammed officials after Drain-Gate left organisers red-faced on day one of the Azerbaijan Grand Prix.

Speaking after a bizarre day in Baku, “Obviously it was far from ideal for everybody and we looked like amateurs, here today.”

“It’s up to the FIA to make sure the track is as best as possible. But it seems that every year, somewhere a drain cover comes loose or something flies off.”

“They say they welded the drain covers but obviously that one was far from welded today. It’s up to them to go and check them all, there’s plenty of people here, but the same thing has happened before here.”

“Luckily nobody got hurt, but it obviously destroyed everybody’s day and, plus for the people who came here to watch the practice. It’s far from ideal.”

“It was a confusing day for everyone. It didn’t feel too bad, I think we managed to make the tyres work,” added Raikkonen, the veteran of 294 grand prix starts.

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