Kimi Raikkonen: Max Verstappen's Hungarian GP driving not correct

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen feels Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen's driving in defence of fifth place during the Hungarian Grand Prix "was not correct"

Kimi Raikkonen: Max Verstappen's Hungarian GP driving not correct

Raikkonen lost part of his front wing when he touched the rear of Verstappen's Red Bull on the approach to Turn 2 as they battled for position.

The Dutchman robustly defended his position on several other occasions, including at Turn 1.

"I tried to miss him and I just managed to but there were two times that in my feelings it wasn't correct," said Raikkonen.

"For me you move once right and then I decided to go left but the other car moved back.

"I did everything I could do to avoid any contact but once I decided to go somewhere you can't just come there.

"It was good that I managed to somehow half miss him."

Regarding the incident at Turn 1, Raikkonen said: "I moved and then once I decided to go, it's very hard to back off and the other car started to move after me.

"I guess in the rules... there are so many different rules these days that if you're in front then in some rules you can move.

"But when the guy behind takes his position you commit to something and when the other car moves afterwards it's difficult to avoid the car in front."

Raikkonen complained about Verstappen's driving on team radio with Ferrari raising it with FIA race director Charlie Whiting.

When told about Raikkonen's complaints, Verstappen said: "As a driver you always try to find excuses.

"But I think I only moved once all the time so for me there was no issue."

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene admitted to going "ballistic" during the heat of the battle but conceded the team had to accept the stewards' decision not to investigate.

"The rules talk about one move but we all got the impression we saw two moves," he said.

"We called Charlie and they said they were looking carefully at the images and in their opinion it was only one move.

"In this situation, we need to win the races on the track.

"We know that we can't win the races on paper."

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Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Jos Verstappen , Max Verstappen
Author Lawrence Barretto
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