Video: Kimi Raikkonen hits Adrian Sutil and denies Force India a points finish

Posted on | Author Keith Collantine

It’s hard to pick a single highlight from an action-packed Monaco Grand Prix. But one of the most astonishing moments of the race was Kimi Raikkonen’s late collision with Adrian Sutil.

The Force India driver had performed brilliantly up until that moment, never putting a wheel wide and lapping quickly. The team were poised to score their first ever world championship points.

Meanwhile world champion Raikkonen suffered a terrible race with a penalty due to a mix-up on the grid followed by a spin at Ste Devote. Nonetheless fifth place would have given him enough points to keep his championship lead.

However on lap 68 following a restart behind the safety car Raikkonen lost control of his Ferrari as he came over the crest of the hill before the harbour front chicane. He ploughed into the blameless Sutil and, in the exact opposite of poetic justice, Sutil was forced to retire while Raikkonen continued after being given a new front wing.

A bitterly disappointed Sutil wept after the collision. Force India’s Mike Gascoyne remarked: “Raikkonen looked like he was going to do something stupid and in the end he did.” Gascoyne also suggested that if a less experienced driver did what Raikkonen did he would receive a penalty for the next race, as Kazuki Nakajima did at the Australian Grand Prix.