Raikkonen: ‘Nothing I could do to avoid it’

Date published: September 17 2017

Kimi Raikkonen feels he was helpless in the chaotic collision at the start which saw him, Sebastian Vettel and Max Verstappen all suffer early retirements.

The Finn made a flying start from P4 and tried to get the jump on Verstappen. Pole sitter Vettel came across from the left to cover the Dutchman, who was sandwiched between the two Ferrari cars and causing a huge collision.

"I don’t think I could have done anything differently to avoid it," Raikkonen told Sky F1.

"I made a good start but then, unfortunately, got hit and out race was done which is a shame.

“I knew where Max was and whatever the cause of the accident was, it doesn’t change very much. The result is what it is.”

Raikkonen, Vettel and Verstappen are all under investigation from the race stewards.