Raikkonen weighs in on penalty controversy

Date published: November 5 2017

As some F1 drivers again left Mexico with or without penalties that they or others felt were unjust, Kimi Raikkonen says sometimes “it’s against you, sometimes it helps you.”

Mercedes were unhappy last Saturday when Max Verstappen escaped punishment for impeding Valtteri Bottas during qualifying.

Verstappen, who went on to win the Mexican Grand Prix, would have been happy with the call especially as it came just a week after he felt robbed of third place in the United States GP after being penalised by the stewards.

“Sometimes it’s against you, sometimes it helps you,” Raikkonen told Crash.net, “but I’m sure no driver will be happy when it goes against you.

“There’s a few different stewards around and everybody has their own opinions on everything.

“I don’t see that changing even if we have the same guys always, because when it’s good for you, you are happy, but when it’s against you, you’re still going to be sad and not so happy.

“No incident is the same as other, so the end result is not always going to be the same because there will always be differences in the things they’re going to look at.

“Unfortunately it’s part of racing, we’ll always be discussing this, but if you go to MotoGP or something you have a similar story there.”