Kimi Raikkonen insisted he had no regrets about starting from the back of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix grid rather than the pitlane, despite crashing out at the first corner.
After Raikkonen’s exclusion from qualifying, Lotus had the option to start him either from 22nd on the grid, giving him the chance to make up ground off the line, or from the pits to avoid any first-corner trouble.
Raikkonen took the start from the grid, but tangled with Giedo van der Garde’s Caterham at Turn 1 and immediately retired. Asked afterward if he now felt he should have started from the pits, Raikkonen replied: “No.”
He believes he was unlucky that the van der Garde incident did as much damage as it did.
“I went to the inside and then somehow managed to touch with a Caterham,” said Raikkonen. “We didn’t touch hard but I think the angle was very unlucky and it broke the steering.”