Vettel plays down Raikkonen outburst

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Sebastian Vettel denied he was unhappy with Kimi Raikkonen’s driving during the Hungarian Grand Prix despite complaining about him on the radio.

Vettel told his race engineer Raikkonen “didn’t give me enough room” when he attempted to pass on the outside of turn four late in the race.

But afterwards Vettel played down the complaint: “I told him but he was laughing only. It was fine. Obviously in the heat of the moment it was quite tight getting into there, I tried to prepare the next corner but nearly lost the car. That’s racing.”

“First of all, Kimi is not an idiot, Vettel added, “and secondly, it’s a narrow part of the track so it was clear but I was pushing very hard, trying to create a chance, put him under pressure and as I said, it was clear I didn’t pass him there, but maybe two corners later or something.”

“I was not too happy but as I said, it was quite hot this afternoon, I was pushing very hard and it was quite narrow and I was a little bit on the dirt, turning in. You feel that you have to say something so that’s what I said.”

Raikkonen has been tipped to join Vettel at Red Bull next year and Vettel said the pair get on well: “I think he’s one of the drivers I get along most with. He’s been very honest all the time which I appreciate a lot.”

Video highlights from Stage 12 of Dakar Rally, 2 stages remain

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Thursday’s Stage 12 of the 40th Dakar Rally not only closed the overall standings gap in at least two classes (cars and trucks), two other classes (bikes and quads) failed to get going due to weather conditions.

The full video highlights of Stage 12 will air on NBCSN on Friday at 7 pm ET, but here are some of the highlights from Thursday’s action:

CARS

2018 Dakar Rally: Nasser Al-Attiyah wins Stage 12 of cars

BIKES

 Stage 12 cancelled due to weather conditions

 

TRUCKS

Ton van Genugten edged out Martin Kolomy in Stage of, while Federico Villagra and Eduard Nikolaev both faced an uphill battle to finish fourth and third respectively.

QUADS

Even though the Quads were also impacted by weather issues on Thursday, Ignacio Casale, the 2014 Dakar winner, continues to make his case for a second overall victory in the quads.