Räikkönen: Pointless to blame anybody
17 September 2017 – Ferrari's Kimi Räikkönen has backed the decision of the stewards not to apportion blame for the opening lap collision at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Räikkönen and Max Verstappen made contact in wet conditions on the run to Turn 1, with Räikkönen sent into the path of team-mate Sebastian Vettel.
Räikkönen continued out-of-control and make secondary contact with Verstappen, who in turn was pitched into Fernando Alonso.
All four drivers involved ultimately retired from the race, while stewards determined that no one was "wholly or predominantly to blame" for triggering the melee.
"Obviously there are always different views," said Räikkönen.
"I don't think I could have really done anything differently to avoid it.
"I made a good start, but then obviously got hit and our race was done. I knew where he [Verstappen] was, I went past him, and then got taken out by the rear corner.
"Whatever the cause of the accident is, the end result unfortunately doesn't change anymore.
"Whatever way you look at it, the results are what they are right now, that doesn't change, so it's a bit pointless [to blame one person]."
Räikkönen remains in fifth place in the standings.