2009 GERMAN GP: Raikkonen/Sutil incident with no sanctions - FORMULA 1


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Sunday, July 12, 2009

2009 GERMAN GP: Raikkonen/Sutil incident with no sanctions

The clash between Kimi Raikkonen and Adrian Sutil in the German Grand Prix was deemed a racing incident by the stewards on Sunday evening, meaning neither driver faced any sanction from the governing body.

Raikkonen knocked off Sutil's wing at Turn One during their mid-race battle for position - an accident that cost Sutil a near-certain points finish after the German had run as high as second at one point of the race.

With both drivers believing the coming together was a pure racing incident, the stewards agreed.

Raikkonen said: "It was a normal racing thing. We both tried to keep the place and I tried to take him outside, and he kept trying keep the place. Unfortunately we touched and he lost the front wing. There was nothing out of the ordinary, it was just a normal racing incident and a small touch, but for him it was not so good."

The coming together between Raikkonen and Sutil sparked memories of their clash at Monaco last year – although the Finn was keen to play down the coincidence.

"It was not my fault, not his fault," he said. "For sure last year (in Monaco) was my fault, but that is racing. We race against each other and unfortunately he lost the wing."