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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.

Lewis Hamilton receives Daytona 500 invitation from Bubba Wallace

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Lewis Hamilton is a fan of the new NASCAR Cup Series team formed by Denny Hamlin and Michael Jordan to field a car for Bubba Wallace.

Will the six-time Formula One champion also be a fan in person at a NASCAR race in the near future?

Wallace is hoping so.

After Hamilton tweeted his support Tuesday morning about the news of a Hamlin-Jordan-Wallace team making its debut with the 2021 season, Wallace responded with a sly invitation to the Daytona 500.

Much would need to be worked out, starting with how much garage and grandstand access would be afforded for a 2021 season opener that likely would occur during a still ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

But it would seem fitting given that Hamilton and Wallace have been two of the world’s most outspoken Black athletes about the quest for diversity and racial justice. Hamilton recently reaffirmed his commitment to activism after his donning a Breonna Taylor shirt sparked an FIA inquiry.

The idea of Hamilton attending the season opener already had legs, too. The Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 driver has expressed a desire to race the Daytona 500 after he has retired from Formula One.

He was a spectator (with racing legend Mario Andretti) at four-time champion Jeff Gordon’s final Cup race as a full-time in the 2015 season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway. In 2011, Hamilton swapped cars with three-time champion Tony Stewart at Watkins Glen International.

Having rubbed shoulders with other racing greats so often, it only would be fitting if Hamilton — who is one victory from tying Michael Schumacher’s career record and also could tie the F1 record with a seventh championship this season — spent some time with the greatest basketball player of all time.

Jeff Gordon was flanked by Mario Andretti and Lewis Hamilton before the 2015 Cup season finale at Homestead-Miami Speedway (Jared C. Tilton/NASCAR via Getty Images).