Räikkönen blames damage for slump
20 July 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen has blamed car damage for his disappointing finish in Sunday's German Grand Prix.
The Finn, on an opposing tyre strategy after his elimination from the second phase of qualifying, was involved in multiple collisions in the early stages of the race.
He first made contact with Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton, before getting caught between Red Bull's Sebastian Vettel and Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso.
Räikkönen said a subsequently damaged front wing left him unable to achieve any more than 11th position.
"We thought it was the right choice with the strategy but I got hit twice, ended up in the middle of two cars and damaged my front wing. The endplate came off. That didn't help," he said.
"Then I killed the front left – the tyres were always OK except the front left. I couldn't run as long as we wanted on the Super Softs and just lost performance because of the damage to the car."
Alonso ensured that Ferrari took points home from Hockenheim by finishing fifth.