Raikkonen: No ‘f**king stupid story’ about tow

Date published: August 26 2017 - Editor

Kimi Raikkonen has reacted angrily to the suggestion that Ferrari told him to give Sebastian Vettel a tow in qualifying for the the Belgian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen ruined his Q3 session by making a mistake and will line up from P4 on the grid in Sunday's race as a result.

The Finn then gave his team-mate a nice slipstream which helped him clinch a place on the front row alongside Hamilton, but he was adamant that it was his decision rather than a team call.

"Don't try to make a f**king stupid story about this," Raikkonen responded.

"I had a mistake, I was coming back, and obviously if I can help our team I will do it.

"There are not any other stories behind it."

Raikkonen struggled with vibrations throughout the qualifying session, but is at a loss to say what the specific issue is.

"I don't know what it is," he added.

"At first it was worse, then a little bit less, then it disappeared and then it came back.

"Apart from that it was going pretty okay… on the last run there were some small things that were not ideal, and we went a bit sideways at one place.

"I was struggling a bit with the tyre temperatures, for whatever reason, on the last lap, so I got sideways and I couldn't finish the lap."