Mexican GP: Raikkonen says he gave Bottas room in crash

Kimi Raikkonen believes Valtteri Bottas could have avoided their collision in Formula 1's Mexican Grand Prix, but he holds "nothing against" his fellow Finn following the accident

Mexican GP: Raikkonen says he gave Bottas room in crash

Raikkonen and Bottas collided after trying to go through Turns 4 and 5 side-by-side, with the Ferrari suffering broken right-rear suspension in the contact, which put Raikkonen out of the race on the spot.

Bottas went on to finish third, and after the race he said he saw no reason to speak with Raikkonen following their second accident in three races - a position the 2007 world champion agreed with.

"I don't think it helps or changes anything [to discuss the clash]," said Raikkonen after the race.

"There was not much room, but if you go over the kerb on the inside [where Bottas was] then there is enough room.

"It was tight, but if you ask him, I'm sure he's going to blame me.

"Obviously it was quite slippery there so he locked the front wheel.

"I had to turn in at some point - I cannot just go straight."

The stewards deemed the clash a racing incident, while when Raikkonen and Bottas collided on the final lap of the Russian Grand Prix the Ferrari driver was handed a penalty.

Raikkonen said he was not interested in trying to apportion blame.

"It's pointless to go through this - one guy will say it's his fault, one guy will say it's my fault," he said.

"What are you trying to find, somebody to blame? It doesn't help anybody.

"We have different stewards at each race, and if you ask 10 people they will see it in a different way.

"Maybe he feels better now with what happened in Russia.

"I have nothing against anybody. This is racing, and if he has a better feeling now it's good for him.

"Things have a certain way of working out in the long run."

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