Raikkonen: F1 not the place for payback moves on-track

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Kimi Raikkonen has spoken of the importance of drivers remaining sensible on-track when racing in Formula 1 following a clash with Max Verstappen during last weekend’s Belgian Grand Prix.

Verstappen and Raikkonen made contact at the first corner at Spa before becoming embroiled in a fierce fight on-track for position after pitting.

Raikkonen was angered by Verstappen’s aggressive defence that saw him push the Finn off-track at Les Combes and swipe across the track to stay ahead.

Verstappen has vowed not to change his driving style, but Raikkonen expressed his disappointment over the moves in response to the clash at Turn 1.

“I’ve nothing personally against him. It’s just certain things in my view that are not correct,” Raikkonen said.

“I’ve no interest to call Max into it but obviously if somebody says during the race that he does something because of what happened in the first corner, that it’s payback, I don’t think it’s the correct sport to start doing purposely paying back something that has happened.

“It can end up in a very bad way. Yes, people make mistakes, everybody has made it and it will happen to probably all of us and you just have to accept it but it’s not the place to start acting silly in a way and paying back for something that has happened.”

Raikkonen’s teammate Sebastian Vettel was also caught up in the incident at Turn 1, prompting Verstappen to lay blame with both Ferrari drivers for ruining his race and saying they should be “ashamed”.

Vettel rejected this idea, and spoke of the importance of respect between drivers while racing on-track.

“I don’t think we have anything to be ashamed about. It’s a question of respect,” Vettel said.

“I think we’re all here to race, we love what we do, we share one great passion which dictates a very very big part of our lives. It’s something we all have in common.

“We might get along, we might not get along but that’s not really that important, but I think we should always have respect for each other.”