Raikkonen apologises to Force India’s Sutil for the hit

May 26th, 2008 - 10:21 pm ICT by admin  

London, May 26 (IANS) Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen has apologised to Force India’s Adrian Sutil for wrecking his hopes of a fourth place finish at the Monaco Grand Prix and the German has accepted it. Sutil, who has scored only one point in 22 starts, was running in fourth place after a stunning drive on the streets of Monte Carlo. With seven minutes of the race left, however, Sutil was hit by Raikkonen.

The impact caused serious damage to Sutil’s car and eliminated him from the race, leaving him in tears. Raikkonen drove back to the pits for repairs to his car and finished ninth.

“I am sorry for him and his team because probably they are not going to be often in the position to score a fourth position. Plus it was in Monaco,” Raikkonen was quoted as saying in the Daily Telegraph.

“So it was harder for him than for me, but it was a racing incident and I could not go anywhere. There was not much space and I could not slow down.”

Sutil said he has accepted the apology because it was not intentional.

“He apologised, so he is a great sportsman,” Sutil said in a statement.

“He is a very good driver and I have to accept it. It was not done on purpose and it can happen to everybody. I have to live with it and just go on to the next race.

“It was not like he was braking too late and crashing into my car. He lost the car, the conditions were very tricky so we cannot say he made a mistake.”

Despite the pain of seeing his hopes of a great result vanish, Sutil said he was encouraged by his performance.

“This was an amazing race for myself and it was a big boost. It was like last year, but this one was even better. I had so many laps, I was racing other cars and doing fastest laps. It was one of my best races.

“It was a big boost for me. I started the season with some problems. The last races went better and better, especially here in Monaco - my favourite track.

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