Raikkonen unsure what caused crash with Alonso in Austria

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Kimi Raikkonen remains unsure what exactly caused the crash between himself and Fernando Alonso on the first lap of yesterday’s Austrian Grand Prix.

Coming out of turn two, Raikkonen appeared to gain too much wheelspin and suffer a ‘tank slapper’ – when the fuel in the car sways, causing it to go off-balance – before his car jerked to the left and into the helpless Alonso.

The two drivers slammed into the wall and Alonso’s car moved on top of Raikkonen’s before coming to rest on his nose cone. Thankfully, both drivers escaped the shunt unharmed.

Speaking after the race on Sunday, Raikkonen – who called out reporters on ‘BS’ stories earlier this week – revealed that he was unsure what exactly caused the crash.

source:  “I don’t know exactly what happened before the crash, I had some wheelspin in an unusual place,” Raikkonen said.

“I was at a quite high speed, suddenly went left and ended up there. I did not see anything coming, everything happened very quickly.

“Unfortunately at that time my race was over, it has been a poor weekend, now we have to think about next one.”

A communication error in qualifying caused Raikkonen to drop out in Q1, and following his mistake that cost Ferrari a podium in Canada, the Finn does appear to be under scrutiny at the moment.

However, the FIA stewards did not blame Raikkonen for the incident, deeming the accident to have been a racing incident following a post-race investigation.

Malcolm Stewart sidelined by knee surgery for ‘extended duration’

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The knee injury that kept Malcolm Stewart from mounting up for Anaheim 2 will require surgery and he will be sidelined for “an extended duration” of the Monster Energy Supercross season, according to the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna team.

“I just wanted to give you guys an update,” Stewart said on Instagram. “It’s not the news you guys want to hear, but I took a spill last week and hurt my knee pretty bad to the point that we’re going to have to get surgery done.

“I’m definitely bummed out about it; I felt we were riding pretty good and were just now starting to get the ball rolling, but it is what it is.”

Stewart’s season started with high expectations until accidents in the first two rounds left him 15th in the standings.

He ended 2022 on a high note, finishing a career high third in the Supercross standings. He then missed the start of the Pro Motocross season with another knee injury.

The 2023 season appeared to live up to his expectations. Despite back-to-back accidents, Stewart contended for podiums at both Anaheim 1 and San Diego. He won his heat at San Diego.

“It was very tough to receive the news that Malcolm will need to undergo knee surgery,” Nathan Ramsey, Team Manager for the Husqvarna team said in a press release. “He has worked so hard to be in a position to win races this year and I truly believe he was ready.

“The Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing program will support him in every way that we can through his recovery and we can’t wait to get him back on track and back at the races.”

Stewart joins 250 rider Jalek Swoll on the sidelines after he broke an arm in a practice session. Swoll will be relieved by Talon Hawkins beginning this week at Houston, Texas.

A replacement rider has not been announced for Stewart, which means the focus shifts to his 450 teammate Christian Craig, who currently sits 12th in the standings with three top-15s in the opening rounds.