Kimi Raikkonen says the contact from Kevin Magnussen on lap two of the Malaysian Grand Prix “destroyed” the second race of his Formula 1 season.
Magnussen’s McLaren tagged the rear of Raikkonen’s Ferrari heading into Turn 1, puncturing the right-rear tire on the F14 T and earning Magnussen a five-second stop-and-go penalty and two penalty points on his license for causing a collision.
Raikkonen fell to the back of the field following the puncture, and spent his race recovering to a pointless 12th. The Finn reckoned he could have been up with fourth-placed teammate Fernando Alonso were it not for the incident.
“I haven’t seen what happened, I just heard that his front wing hit me and damaged my rear wheel,” said Raikkonen. “I didn’t feel anything, but obviously it destroyed our race and wasn’t very good for us.
“I had some damage after that, so we lost some downforce because the tire damaged the floor.
“With the damage it’s hard to say how good we would have been, but how we started was good and for sure we could have been up there with Fernando, but it all went down when I got hit.”
The non-score means Raikkonen has taken only six points in two races, compared to Alonso’s 24, but the Finn said he was not overly concerned by the lack of results so far.
“Obviously it’s not the ideal start but today we didn’t do much wrong ourselves and ended up paying a big price for someone else’s mistake,” he added. “It’s an unfortunate thing, but it’s part of racing. We just have to try to do everything better next race.”