Kimi Raikkonen said starting the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix from 22nd on the grid rather than the pit lane was the right thing to do despite retiring after a collision at turn one.
In similar circumstances last year Red Bull chose to start Sebastian Vettel from the pit lane to make set-up changes to his car and reduce his risk of being involved in a first-lap collision
But Raikkonen had to retire after damaging his front-right suspension when he collided with Giedo van der Garde moments after the start.
“There was some contact in front of me through the first corner so I stuck to the inside, but unfortunately one of the Caterhams touched my front wheel and it broke the track rod,” said Raikkonen.
“It wasn?óÔé¼Ôäót a heavy impact, but the angle made it worse.”
“It?óÔé¼Ôäós never easy starting so far back on the grid, but after the penalty it was a better choice to help our chances in the race rather than starting from the pit lane.
“After a difficult start to the weekend we did well yesterday so it was a shame we couldn?óÔé¼Ôäót start where we qualified, but these things happen sometimes; it?óÔé¼Ôäós just back luck.”
Raikkonen had to start from the back of the grid after being excluded from qualifying when his car failed a floor deflection test.
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