Raikkonen: It was my mistake, I took the 10 seconds and kept...

Raikkonen: It was my mistake, I took the 10 seconds and kept fighting

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Kimi Raikkonen
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Kimi Raikkonen quickly admitted after the British Grand prix that he was at fault for the incident between him and Lewis Hamilton at the beginning of the race.

“It was my mistake, so that’s fine. I deserve it and took the 10 seconds and kept fighting. That’s how it goes”, Raikkonen said.

“Things happen sometimes. Funnily enough, you start blaming us that we did it purposefully but he locked a wheel and unfortunately we touched and both paid the price for it and that’s how it goes sometimes. It’s easy to say after the couple of races that we’re suddenly doing something against them (Mercedes) but we’ve been hit very many times ourselves so that’s how it goes, unfortunately.”

“My start was not perfect; in turn 3 I locked the inside wheel, lost a bit of grip and couldn’t slow down as much as I wanted. So I ended up touching Lewis’s rear wheel and unfortunately, he span. I had to serve a ten seconds penalty and after that my race was a bit messy. Overtaking was difficult, and I fought against the Red Bulls for many laps.”

“When I was on my own the speed was ok, but once I was behind them, their wake seemed to affect my car a lot more than the Mercedes did; I was losing a lot of downforce and that upset the balance of the car. We were quite a bit faster, but it was really tricky for us to follow them. It was a close fight for quite a lot of times, at the beginning and at the end of the race. Finally, we managed to pass them and then I overtook one of the Mercedes. It was not an easy day, but I gave my best and made a decent comeback.”

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