'Bruised' Räikkönen disappointed by crash
6 July 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen admitted that it was a 'shame' that his British Grand Prix ended on the first lap after he suffered a spectacular accident on the Wellington Straight.
Räikkönen ran wide at Aintree and as he re-joined the circuit, his Ferrari F14 T was pitched sideways, slamming into the barrier.
The race was suspended for an hour while the guardrail which Räikkönen struck was repaired.
"Unfortunately, my race today ended on the first lap, after I had managed to get away well, making up enough ground to be fighting for 11th place," he said, having started from 17th on the grid.
"At Turn five, I went off the track and while trying to get back on, I must have hit a kerb. I then lost control of the car and ended in the barriers. It's a real shame because yesterday, the feeling I had on track had improved and I was determined to do my utmost to bring home some points.
"I am really very disappointed with how things went today, but now I want to put this incident behind me and just concentrate on the next race in Germany."
His former team-mate, Williams' Felipe Massa, was also caught up in the incident as he attempted to avoid Räikkönen's stricken Ferrari. He described his 200th race weekend in Formula 1 as one to forget.
"It was a bad start but after that I could catch up everyone and pass cars in the first few corners," he said.
"The car felt great. Then there was the accident. Kimi came across the track and I never really had a chance to miss him, and sadly the damage was too much to continue. Luckily I turned as it could have been a worse accident. It's a weekend to forget for me personally; not the 200th Grand Prix I had planned."