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Kimi Raikkonen escapes punishment for driving with damaged front wing

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Kimi Raikkonen has escaped without punishment for driving with a severely damaged front wing before his retirement from the Monaco Grand Prix.

Raikkonen's race ended on lap 10, when he hit the barrier at Loews Hairpin and broke his front wing. The wing got stuck underneath his Ferrari's front wheels but Raikkonen continued, making contact with Haas driver Romain Grosjean at Portier before eventually retiring the car at the Nouvelle Chicane.

The Finn had to report to the stewards after the race to explain why he did not immediately retire the car and they were happy with his reasoning.

A statement said: "The driver, in evidence, stated that he thought initially that he could safely proceed to the pits to replace the nose. Radio messages confirm this. The Team advised the driver that he needed to stop the car as soon as possible. The driver stated that he wanted to stop the car in a safe place and the first available place was the runoff area at Turn 10."

Raikkonen said he did not realise the extent of the damage and also did not see Grosjean when the pair made contact at Portier.

"Obviously I was not aware he was there, I was just trying to go around the corner but I couldn't because the wing was stuck under the car. I was then told the wing was under the car and to stop, but I was in the tunnel when I got the call and I couldn't stop there! So I just parked the car as quickly as I could, in the chicane."