Magnussen ‘destroyed’ our race – Raikkonen

Kimi Raikkonen was left ruing his early collision with Kevin Magnussen after admitting the collision ruined any hope he had of a meaningful challenge in Malaysia.

Raikkonen fancied his chances of a podium finish in the dry from sixth on the grid, but contact with Magnussen at the start of the second lap gave him a left rear puncture. He spent the remainder of the race out of the points and ended 12th, far off where he felt his form in free practice suggested he could have been and a long way off team-mate Fernando Alonso in fourth.

“I don’t know much about it,” Raikkonen said. “All I know his front wing hit me on my wheel but I didn’t feel anything, so I have no idea when it was. Obviously it destroyed our race, not very good for us but I can’t say much as I have not seen it. On Friday and Saturday we have been pretty ok until qualifying, which wasn’t ideal and we weren’t as happy with. We were still in an ok position for the race. I got a pretty good start but then got that issue with the rear tyre. I think how we started was good and for sure we could have been up there with Fernando. It all went down when I got hit so that was that. It is a shame because without it we could have had a pretty ok race. It’s not where we want to be with the guys at the front. They are too fast right now but it is good for what we expected.”