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Steward defends decision to penalise Raikkonen

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F1 steward Mika Salo has defended the decision to penalise Kimi Raikkonen at Spa.

The Ferrari driver hit out at his penalties for failing to lift the throttle for the double waved yellow flags caused by Max Verstappen’s retirement.

But his Finnish countryman Salo, a former F1 driver, defended his call.

“It’s a rule — it was a double yellow,” the former Ferrari driver, who was a FIA steward at Spa, told the Finnish broadcaster C More.

“We got information showing that everyone lifted the throttle with the exception of Kimi,” Salo insisted.

“There were people on the track side of the fence pushing the car. Anything can happen and Kimi cannot make that judgement. A rule is a rule — it’s that simple.”

Pointless penalty

Ferrari ace Kimi Raikkonen says his 10-second stop/go penalty for a double yellow flag breach in the Belgian Grand Prix was “pointless”.

“I knew there was a yellow flag, but the car was kind of… at least halfway behind the barrier on the straight,” Kimi said.

“I didn’t go faster. I didn’t lift on the straight, but in my view it was pointless to get penalized for that.

“I completely understand when [a car] is on the side of the circuit, like on the proper side and there are people working on it, but this is what happened.

“I would be surprised if everybody else lifted. Luckily there was a Safety Car and we could recover something out of it, but it was not the easiest end of the weekend, but that’s how it went.”

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