Raikkonen says start cost him points

Kimi Raikkonen blamed his poor start at the Turkish Grand Prix for his failure to finish in the points in Istanbul on Sunday

Raikkonen says start cost him points

The Ferrari driver started from sixth but dropped down the order at the first corner.

He then hit Fernando Alonso, damaging his front wing, which made his car hard to drive until he pitted for the first time to replace it.

The Finn went on to finish in ninth, 50 seconds behind race winner Jenson Button.

He told the BBC: "I got a very bad start and then ended up fighting with the guys in the first few corners and ran a little bit wide in the back of, I think, corner nine then touched Fernando's rear wheel when I tried to pass him on the end of the straight, so I broke the front wing a bit.

"After that it was a bit difficult. The car was OK after we changed the front wing and the tyres - the end of the second stint and the last stint was fine - but it was too late.

"With a better start I think we could easily have got one or two points, but that's how it goes.

Raikkonen believes Ferrari, winner in Turkey for the last three years, should be stronger at the British Grand Prix.

"It's a different place again. Usually the car has been quite strong there," he added.

"We're going to get something new again for Silverstone so it definitely has improved but here I think was more difficult than in the previous race and it just depends on where you go, which kind of circuit it is."

Team-mate Felipe Massa was unable to score his fourth consecutive win in Turkey, the Brazilian having to settle for a distant sixth.

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