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Lotus disappointed with Raikkonen’s risky defend



1377381_653196468044318_1728518195_nLotus have expressed that, they are very disappointed with Kimi Raikkonen’s risky move, when he forced to push team-mate Romain Grosjean off the road in the final stage of Indian Grand Prix.

The final session of the race Raikkonen was struggling with tyre degradation even as his team-mate Romain Grosjean was right on his tail with new rubber, the French speedy made a overtake, for the Finn take a risky defend even forcing his team-mate off the track.

Expletives were heard to be exchanged across the car-to-radio, with an unidentified member of the Lotus team telling Raikkonen: “Kimi, get out of the f***ing way.”

“Don’t f***ing shout at me,” replied the Finn. Presumably, he still knew what he was doing.

Raikkonen did not speak to media after the race but Grosjean told Skysports: “No idea. Ask him, though I’m not sure he’d answer.

“We could have lost two cars. Honestly, I don’t know – it’s not my problem. I overtook him and thankfully we did not lose any points.”

“It was a little disappointing, to be honest. He knew his tyres were finished and there was no need to have a battle,” the team’s Trackside Operations Director Alan Permane told Ted Kravitz. “Romain was racing hard and I’m sure we’ll have a chat in the office about it.”

When the source asked for his view, team boss Eric Boullier tread a delicate diplomatic balancing act as he commented: “It was a bit of a misunderstanding because Kimi didn’t expect Romain to be so fast and we then had to cool them down on the radio. When you have ten laps to go, you never know how much your laps might go.”


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