Kimi Raikkonen says he lost ground at the start of the Australian Grand Prix because his Ferrari’s engine went into anti-stall mode following contact with a rival.
However he does not believe it was caused by contact with his team mate Sebastian Vettel.
“No I think it was somebody behind, somebody else from behind me. I don’t think it was between us,” he told reporters after the race.
“I got hit from behind in the start and went into anti-stall because of that. And then on the next corner I got hit from the side so I was quite surprised that the car was in one piece, I think we got some damage but not too badly.”
Raikkonen was making his way back through the field when he was delayed by a slow left-rear tyre change at his first pit stop. On his next visit to the pits the same corner caused a problem: the wheel wasn’t fitted properly, forcing him to retire.
“We had good speed but obviously both pit stops we had an issue and then unfortunately that stopped us,” Raikkonen added.
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