Two Finns At War
Kimi Raikkonen revealed he and Bottas have had some very tense on track moments but believes their Baku story has only been blown up because they are both Finnish….
Kimi and Bottas have had a few tense on track moments throughout this season, mostly thanks to the pair now swimming in the same pool, whereas with Williams, Bottas was stuck further down the field.
Now that the pair is stuck battling one another, it has been a tough time for both of them, coming very close at times and even colliding.
However, cool Kimi believes the story from Baku only got so big because he and Bottas are both Finnish.
“We don’t know each other very well, it’s pretty much the same as with the other drivers, even if we’re Finns.”
“Because he’s quite a bit younger we never raced each other until Formula One, but it’s a bigger story because we’re Finns. If one was a Finn and the other wasn’t, it wouldn’t be made such a big thing out of it — but it’s far from ideal.”
“It cost us a lot of points in the last race and it wasn’t really our fault. But that’s how it goes sometimes and it has happened a few times, sometimes my fault, sometimes his fault. It would be better if it would be in the other end of the starting grid.”
“That’s what happened in the last race, right at the start making our race very difficult, after a good start. It turned even worse later, again completely out of our hands, but situations like that happen sometimes.”
When asked Kimi whether he wanted Bottas to switch up his style of racing, he explained that racing is difficult at times when it comes to knowing when to push or to hold back and it doesn’t always pay off, so he doesn’t blame Bottas too much for what happened in Baku…
“I don’t know. For sure I was surprised how early he braked and obviously like you said, he tried to get it back but it was a bit too late. I guess he tried to avoid me, but there was a kerb and he jumped over that but sometimes you have to know when to give up the fight but that’s not always very easy.”