Kimi Raikkonen has defended the overtaking move that saw him take out Valtteri Bottas on the last lap of the Russian Grand Prix.
Raikkonen attempted to pass Bottas on the inside of Turn 4 for third place but ended up colliding with the Williams, bringing an end to Bottas' race. The stewards took a dim view of the overtaking move and hit Raikkonen with a 30-second post-race penalty, dropping the Finn to eighth in the final classification. But Raikkonen said he felt the collision was a racing incident.
"I don't think it was something completely stupid that I tried," he said. "We made a call and it was only two cars, but there are many ways of looking at the incident. I was there, but did he know that I was there? The fortunate thing is that it wasn't a bad accident but it is part of racing and it happened."
Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene stood by his driver, comparing the incident with the collision between Raikkonen and Daniel Ricciardo at Monaco, which the stewards did not penalise.
"It's a racing accident. If you look in Monaco, for example, the accident with Ricciardo and Kimi was more or less the same. It was a racing accident so I don't see any reason why it can be considered as it was considered."