‘Error or damage’ didn’t make me crash – Raikkonen

Wed, 12 September 2007, 03:06

Kimi Raikkonen has continued to insist that a technical failure did not contribute to his high speed crash at Monza on Saturday.

The Finn’s Ferrari speared sharply to the right under braking for the Ascari chicane at some 300kmh in the final practice session, leaving most commentators unanimous a mechanical problem was the only logical cause.

Maranello based engineers insisted, however, that Raikkonen’s rear brakes had simply locked on a bump, and blamed neither a car fault or a driving error.

“The telemetry didn’t give any hint of an error or damage, just like the analysis of the car in Maranello, as the technicians told me,” Raikkonen, 28, said on Tuesday.

Kimi subsequently raced with a sore neck, and replays of Lewis Hamilton’s overtaking manoeuvre late in the Italian grand prix show Raikkonen barely able to keep his head upright under braking.

With mere days until he will need to drive again at Spa-Francorchamps, he insisted: “I’m 100 percent fit in terms of physical fitness. After the race I took some painkillers and I relaxed a bit.”

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