Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Yas Marina, 2013

Raikkonen defends grid start decision after crash

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand PrixPosted on Author Keith Collantine

Kimi Raikkonen, Lotus, Yas Marina, 2013Kimi Raikkonen said starting the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 22nd on the grid rather than the pit lane was the right thing to do despite retiring after a collision at turn one.

In similar circumstances last year Red Bull chose to start Sebastian Vettel from the pit lane to make set-up changes to his car and reduce his risk of being involved in a first-lap collision

But Raikkonen had to retire after damaging his front-right suspension when he collided with Giedo van der Garde moments after the start.

“There was some contact in front of me through the first corner so I stuck to the inside, but unfortunately one of the Caterhams touched my front wheel and it broke the track rod,” said Raikkonen.

“It wasn?t a heavy impact, but the angle made it worse.”

“It?s never easy starting so far back on the grid, but after the penalty it was a better choice to help our chances in the race rather than starting from the pit lane.

“After a difficult start to the weekend we did well yesterday so it was a shame we couldn?t start where we qualified, but these things happen sometimes; it?s just back luck.”

Raikkonen had to start from the back of the grid after being excluded from qualifying when his car failed a floor deflection test.

2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Browse all 2013 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix articles

Image ?? Lotus/LAT