Raikkonen out of the Malaysian GP
|Sunday, March 19th 2006, 07:25 GMT|
Kimi Raikkonen's early season challenge took a hit when the McLaren driver retired from the Malaysian Grand Prix on the opening lap of the race.
The Finn, who started the race from sixth on the grid and was a favourite to win today's race, was hit by Red Bull Racing's Christian Klien during the first lap scrap for places.
The impact damaged the McLaren's MP4-21 rear suspension, sending Raikkonen into a spin and out of the race.
"I cannot change anything, it's not really my fault, but these things happen," Raikkonen said once returning to the pits. "I think Klien hit me on the rear tyre and broke my suspension."
Klien also damaged his front left suspension, and after several attempts by the team to allow him to race nonetheless, the Austrian retired.