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Raikkonen calls for changes to ‘joke’ F1 rules



Raikkonen calls for changes to 'joke' F1 rules

Raikkonen calls for changes to ‘joke’ F1 rules

Kimi Raikkonen has expressed that, surprise the stewards not to take any action against Max Verstappen, following accusing the young sensation ace defending too hardly during their battle for fifth place for Hungarian Grand Prix.

Following trying a pass in turn two on lap 57, Raikkonen made slight touch with the rear of the Red Bull, losing the left part of his front wing, before complaining over radio that Verstappen was illegally changing his direction in the braking zone.

A questionable interpretation of qualifying rules also annoyed Ferrari. The Finn criticised post-qualifying decision to allow five cars – includes Verstappen and Daniel Ricciardo – to take the start in their qualifying positions, after the FIA opted not to demote the respective drivers down the order to falling below the 107 percent mark in Q1.

“It’s pointless to have rules if they don’t apply all the time, for all the people,” the 2007 world champion said.

Raikkonen said about race incident: “For me, he moved once right, I decided to go left but once the other guy moves back, I did everything I could to avoid any contact.

“Once I decided to go somewhere, you cannot just come there. It is good that I managed to somehow half-miss him.”

Another incident later in the race was at Turn One, when the Finn locked his brakes trying to avoid Verstappen as the Dutchman moved to the outside to defend.

“It was a bit of a similar story, that second thing – obviously I made a move and once I decided to go, it’s very hard to back off and try to avoid the other car, once the other car started to move after me.

“I tried to miss him and I just managed to miss him but it was two times that, in my feeling, he wasn’t correct.

“But obviously, like I said, the stewards – or the people who decide how things go here, the stewards and some other guys – in many ways, it’s a joke with the rules, you know?”


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