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Raikkonen: "Something is not correct" with Verstappen’s driving tactics

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Raikkonen: "Something is not correct" with Verstappen’s driving tactics
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Aug 28, 2016, 2:49 PM

Kimi Raikkonen has once again hit out at Formula 1 rival Max Verstappen over the Dutchman's aggressive driving, saying they were fortunate to escape a "big accident".

Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari on the grid
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing on the drivers parade
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing RB12
Max Verstappen, Red Bull Racing

Verstappen came under fire from Raikkonen for defending too harshly during the Hungarian Grand Prix - and the matter came up again at Spa-Francorchamps, the duo involved in a battle in the mid-pack after opening lap contact at La Source.

The Finn took issue specifically with Verstappen's defensive move on the Kemmel Straight as the Dutchman went for a late block to prevent Raikkonen from breezing through with DRS, making the Ferrari man lift to avoid collision.

Speaking after the race, Raikkonen said: "I’m all up for fair battles and close racing.

"But when I have to back off after Eau Rouge on the straight when I made my move - I had to brake not to hit him, because he turns after I make my move the first time - that, I think, is not correct.

"We were fortunate there wasn’t a big accident because of that."

Verstappen was not penalised for the block, as the rules do not prohibit a defending driver from reacting to a move from the attacking driver.

Raikkonen continued: "If I have to brake from full speed, I haven’t had that with any other driver.

"If I hadn’t braked, I would have hit him at the rear at full throttle. Something is not correct, but it doesn’t seem to matter."

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