No blame in Raikkonen and Bottas clash, says Ferrari's Arrivabene

Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene said neither Kimi Raikkonen nor Valtteri Bottas were to blame for the duo's collision in the Formula 1 Mexican Grand Prix

No blame in Raikkonen and Bottas clash, says Ferrari's Arrivabene

Bottas tried a pass for sixth place at Turn 5 and the two collided, putting Raikkonen out of the race with suspension damage while the Williams continued to finish third.

It was the second time in three races the pair have collided, with Raikkonen trying to make a pass in Russia and Bottas coming off worse when he ended up in the barrier.

In Mexico, Bottas said he believed there was enough space for two cars to get through the tight left-right but was left no room but Raikkonen said his fellow Finn could have avoided contact.

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When asked about the incident, Arrivabene said: "It is a racing accident.

"In Russia it happened, it has now happened here - it's Formula 1.

"The most important thing is no one got injured.

"It's an accident, it's part of the show. I don't want to blame anybody."

It was a disappointing race for Ferrari, with Sebastian Vettel crashing out to seal the Scuderia's first double retirement since the 2006 Australian Grand Prix.

It meant Vettel dropped behind Nico Rosberg into third in the drivers' standings, 21 points adrift of the Mexican GP winner, while Raikkonen fell to fifth, three points behind Bottas.

"You can always have a bad day," Arrivabene added. "This does not change our targets for the season.

"Seb can still catch Rosberg in the standings and Kimi can do the same with Bottas."

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Teams Ferrari
Author Lawrence Barretto
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