Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Shanghai, 2013

Raikkonen wanted to change damaged front wing

2013 Chinese Grand PrixPosted on | Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Shanghai, 2013Kimi 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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