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Kimi Raikkonen shrugs off close call with flying McLaren

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Kimi Raikkonen could not explain the reason behind his collision with Fernando Alonso at the Austrian Grand Prix, but appeared unruffled by the dangerous situation it left him in.

After qualifying down in 14th, Raikkonen lost the rear of his Ferrari coming out of the second corner on the first lap and Alonso piled into the back of him. The McLaren mounted the Ferrari and the sidepod came worryingly close to Raikkonen's head in the cockpit.

"It's not normal but it happened, that's the way it is," Raikkonen said. "It's dangerous, but racing is always dangerous."

Asked what had gone through his mind during the accident, Raikkonen added: "It's not ideal, but it happens. It must have been worse for the [camera] guy that was standing there and we must have come close to hit him."

Raikkonen couldn't explain why he had lost control of his car so dramatically on the straight.

"I had wheelspin and suddenly went left. That's about it really. The wheels spun really aggressively there and I don't know what caused it, but the result is always the same.

"Obviously it's not normal and I was surprised when it happened, but it is what is. We didn't expect it to happen, we were expecting to race into the top ten, but something obviously happened."