Raikkonen: No point playing blame game over Singapore crash

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Kimi Raikkonen saw no reason to point fingers over the three-car crash at the start of Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix, instead ruing a rough day for Ferrari’s Formula 1 title aspirations.

Raikkonen and teammate Sebastian Vettel were both caught up in a start-line crash with Red Bull’s Max Verstappen, eliminating all three drivers on the spot.

“Unfortunately I had a good start then I got hit and the race was done right there,” Raikkonen told NBCSN after the race.

“One of those things. I don’t think I could have done anything to avoid it.

“The cause of the accident doesn’t change the end result. We’re out.”

When asked if any blame could be laid with one driver, Raikkonen said: “I don’t know. Like I said the end result was the same whichever way you look at it. The rest comes after that.

“I still would have made the decision to start like that. We are not in the race. And that’s the bad part of it.”

The FIA stewards closed the case soon after the race, deeming no driver to be wholly or predominantly responsible for the clash.