Räikkönen says car damaged after Magnussen contact
30 March 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen says that his collision with McLaren's Kevin Magnussen left him with a damaged car for the remainder of the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Räikkönen was running in sixth place during the opening stages of the race when Magnussen clipped the back of Räikkönen's F14T on the exit of the first corner. Räikkönen had to complete almost a full lap with a flat tyre before rejoining the race almost a lap down. He eventually recovered to 12th place but believes the car was damaged by the contact.
"I am very disappointed with how this race turned out, because I got a good start, but then the collision with Magnussen damaged my right rear tyre, which meant I had to make an extra stop," he said.
"That wiped out any chance I had of fighting for a good finish. After the accident, the car’s handling was not the same, as the tyre had caused damage to the floor, which led to a loss of downforce. On my first set of tyres, I had some difficulties and it was only after the final stop, when I fitted the Mediums that it went better, but by then it was too late.
"[It's] hard to say how things might have gone without that problem, because our rivals were very quick, but maybe I could have finished close to [team-mate] Fernando [Alonso]. It was a really unlucky day, but overall we managed to improve our performance and now we must concentrate on the positive aspects of this weekend and work to improve starting already next week in Bahrain."