Kimi Raikkonen said he wanted to change the damaged front wing he carried until the end of the Chinese Grand Prix.
Raikkonen damaged his car’s nose and lost several front-right wing elements in a collision with Sergio Perez early in the race.
Afterwards Raikkonen said he “didn’t know” why the wing wasn’t replaced. He told the team during the race he wanted a new one.
“I wanted to change but I think the car was handling not so badly after the damage and you lose more time when you change so I think we have to look but I don’t know if it makes a massive difference because you lose so much time to change.”
Raikkonen blamed his McLaren rival for the collision: “Overtaking Perez I was next to him and he just pushed me on the kerbs.”
“I tried to avoid him and went on the grass and hit him on the rear I think and I damaged the front. That didn’t help but luckily it didn’t affect so much the handling it’s just there was a bit too much understeer. We could still fight for second place. For sure without the damage we’d have been quite a bit faster.”
Raikkonen also lost out at the start of the race, falling behind both Ferraris: “Just the wrong settings in the start,” he said. “A similar issue the last race but this should be pretty easy to fix.”
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