Kimi sticks to his guns, gets Arrivabene backing


Kimi Raikkonen has once again defended his attempted final lap pass on Valtteri Bottas in Sochi, saying it wasn't "completely stupid".

The battle for the final podium position at the Russian Grand Prix went down to the final lap with the two Finns going wheel-to-wheel, but it ended in disaster as they made contact at Turn 4.

It appeared the Ferrari driver turned into Bottas, forcing the Williams man to retire while Raikkonen nursed his car home in fifth place.

However, the stewards felt the 2007 World Champion was responsible for the accident and hit him with a 30-second penalty after the race, which dropped him to eighth.

After the race Raikkonen said he felt it was a racing incident, and he is sticking to his guns.

"I don't think it was something completely stupid that I tried," he said. "I would have made the corner but usually when there's two cars, there are many ways of looking at it.

"I was there but he didn't know I was there and in that, you will have a contact.

"It's an unfortunate thing, not just for us but for them. You never want to have accidents, but that's racing and things happen."

Meanwhile, Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene is also adamant that his driver's punishment was harsh.

"It's a race incident," he said. "If you look in Monaco for example, Ricciardo/Kimi was more or less the same and it was considered a race accident.

"So I don't see any reason why this can't be considered as it was considered in Monaco."