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Raikkonen Explains Angry Team Radio About Strategy – Censored By FOM

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Kimi Raikkonen did not look pleased with Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel after the Australian Grand Prix on the podium ceremony. The Finn also explained the angry radio communication with his race engineer when he was told to rise his pace to keep up with his team mate.

Vettel, who ran on the third place behind the Raikkonen on first stint of the race – wrap victory from Lewis Hamilton at the season-opening race in Australia as the Brti was left to regret a pit-stop slip-up.

The German was allowed to appear back out on to the track ahead of pole-sitter Hamilton after pitting during the VSC (virtual safety car).

Raikkonen pitted before Vettel and then was told he required to flying laps to guarantee his team mate didn’t overtake ahead of him through the pit stops.

Team radio between Kimi and his new race engineer Carlo Santi.

Santi: We need a little bit more pace Kimi. Seb is lapping 28.5, 28.5. Yourself 28.7.
Raikkonen: Is he not stopped yet?
Santi: Not yet, not yet.
Raikkonen: Oh, [censored by FOM] you tell me? You first say to me that you are not in a hurry. [Censored by FOM] me up with this.
Santi: We are fine Kimi, 28.5 is the target, 28.5.

The Iceman denied he was surprised by Vettel’s strategy of long-stint after his pit stop. “The only thing I was surprised because we were talking on the radio that they didn’t let me know what he was doing,” he explained.

“Obviously we talked before the race and there were hundreds of options what we can do and that was his best option and no threat from behind. He would obviously take a chance because he had nothing else to lose at that point, safe in third place so it would work out well.

“I wasn’t really surprised what they did. I was surprised that we didn’t – at one point – know exactly.”

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