Valtteri Bottas has hit out at Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen following their clash on the final lap of last Sunday’s Russian Grand Prix in Sochi.
When trying to pass for third place on the last lap, Raikkonen crashed into the back of Bottas at turn four, eliminating the Finn from the race and leaving him with zero points.
Bottas had been set to score just his second podium of the season, and reacted angrily immediately after the accident, asking his team: “What the f**k did [Raikkonen] do?” after the shunt.
Writing in his blog following the Russian Grand Prix, Bottas made no secret of his annoyance over the collision, believing that Raikkonen went too far.
“It’s very disappointing to lose P3 in the last lap and end up with zero points,” Bottas said. “I had fought back to a podium position and then somebody just crashed into me. What can I say? It’s just disappointing.
“I don’t think it was a standard racing incident. I didn’t see anyone there next to me and I was in front, quite clearly ahead, and taking my line. Then suddenly, already at the apex, I felt someone hit me. I don’t really get the point of doing moves like that on the last lap.
“The fact Kimi got a penalty doesn’t matter really to me. I’m never getting those points back. One thing I know for sure: I was not at fault, so I am happy about that at least, but it doesn’t really help at the end of the day.
“I’m a little bit surprised by Kimi’s move. There’s a fine line between aggressiveness and just going for it, and what happened on Sunday was just too much.”
Bottas is now looking to make up for the lost points in the United States Grand Prix next weekend, taking place in Austin, Texas.
“The good news from the weekend was I felt very good in the car and was able to put very consistent lap times together all weekend with no mistakes,” Bottas said.
“The team also did a great job in what was a complicated weekend for everyone with the lack of running; the car was competitive, well balanced and we were truly on the pace here, even managing to stay close to the Mercedes for the first 20 laps.
“That’s what I want to take from here as it’s better to move on and focus on making the most out of this package in Austin.”