Raikkonen: I have nothing against Max


After the pair clashed in Spa during the Belgium Grand Prix, Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen revealed that his criticism of Max Verstappen is nothing personal.

During the opening lap of last Sunday’s race, Verstappen was blamed by the Scuderia for causing a three-car collision involving the youngster, the Finn and Sebastian Vettel on the first corner.

Later in the race, the 2007 World Champion grew frustrated as he felt he was being blocked illegally by Verstappen, resulting in an angry rant over the team radio.

Reacting to Verstappen’s ‘payback’ comments after the Belgium Grand Prix, Raikkonen said during the pre-Italian Grand Prix press conference that Formula 1 is not the right sport for that kind of attitude but did add that everyone is entitled to their own opinions.

“Personally I have nothing against Max, he is doing a good job, he is fast,” the 36-year-old told Motorsport.com.

“But there are certain things in my feeling that are not correct if you have to slow down or brake at full speed, but obviously those things are never-ending discussions.

“Everybody is allowed to say what they feel like, Like I said before, I have nothing personal against him but certain things are not correct.

“I have not much interest to go much into it. If somebody says that during the race he does something because of what happened at first corner, that it is payback, I don’t think it is the correct sport to be purposefully paying back.

“It can end up in a very bad way. Yes, people make mistakes, everybody has made it and it will happen to all of us.

“You just have to accept it.”