August 29, 2016 @ 06:23 PM

Who is to be blamed in the La Source melee at the 2016 Formula 1 Belgian GP?

Kimi Raikkonen’s profanity filled wraith and Max Verstappen’s La Source accident who is to blame?


Ah, Spa-Francorchamps. The race that everyone, fans and drivers alike, anticipates most on the F1 calendar. The anticipation was not disappointed what with the massive amount of drama, most notably from Carlos Sainz in his limping Toro Rosso and Kevin Magnussen’s horrific crash (don’t worry he’s fine), mixed with a little entertainment from Kimi Raikkonen’s uncharacteristically long radio conversation, it was excitement not to be missed!

On Saturday, everything had seemed bright and promising for everyone, especially for young Max Verstappen who scored his first ever front row start. But come race day poor Maxie was caught up in a first corner battle between the two Ferraris, he came away with a broken front wing sending him straight to the pits. From then on, Verstappen found himself out of the points and battling in 11 place.


On the other hand, while Verstappen claims that Raikkonen did not leave him racing room, Raikkonen was not to be blamed in this incident as the Flying Finn himself was, in turn, squeezed by his team mate Sebastian Vettel causing both Ferraris to collide.

While Vettel was sent spinning and found himself racing out of the top ten, Raikkonen suffered a puncture along with a broken front wing and was forced to limp back to the pits for a change. And as if the slow limp back to the pits wasn’t enough, Raikkonen’s number 7 car also caught fire during the pit stop and Ferrari had needed time to pass over a fire extinguisher to put out the flames.


The Flying Finn had returned to the race a lap down but the safety car was deployed following Magussen’s massive shunt allowing Kimi the chance to unlap himself and return to the racing position. This saw Raikkonen making a few overtakes and coming up behind Max Verstappen once more in P11. 

A battle then ensued between the Fin and the Dutchman who was determined not to let Raikkonen pass after their first corner melee. A battle at Les Combes saw Verstappen squeezing Raikkonen off the track.


The off-track adventure started Kimi on a tirade as the King of Spa sent an uncharacteristically long radio message across the airwaves asking his team: “Do I have to let the Red Bull pass? Because he seems more interested in pushing me off the track,” then later another radio message complaining “Oh come on, this is a ***** joke."

Kimi Raikkonen’s tirade did not end there as the Finn sent another radio message to the team after attempting to overtake his former team mate Romain Grosjean who was suffering from a tyre degradation issue in his Haas car to “Check if there is a ****** puncture.”


While Raikkonen provided all the entertainment in the mid field, Rosberg ran away with the race with Daniel Ricciardo smiling his way to a second place finish. Lewis Hamilton had benefitted from all the confusion and horror to come back third turning the victory room as frosty as it can get.

But the ultimate question is: who is to blame for the confusion at La Source? During the red flag period, Verstappen was seen jumping out of the car and heading straight to Team Principal Christian Horner to make his claim that Raikkonen should be penalised, Red Bull had put the blame on Sebastian Vettel who did not leave both Raikkonen and Verstappen enough room to avoid a collision.


Raikkonen had remained mum about things and only voiced out on Verstappen’s driving when the two were battling for position saying that the Dutchman’s racing was dangerous as Raikkonen had had to brake at full speed to avoid a collision.

His team mate Sebastian Vettel, on the other hand voiced out that the blame should be on Verstappen as the young Dutchman was at fault: “I could hardly see Kimi, he was in my blind spot, with Max even further right and out of sight. So I don’t think what Max was trying to do would have worked. Obviously he didn’t allow Kimi to move into the inside, and that prevented both of them from clearing Turn One in a normal way.”


So it’s a three-way fault pushing now, whose fault do you think it was? 

Sebastian Vettel might have cut the corner too tight and did not leave room for both Raikkonen and Verstappen, but should Max Verstappen have driven onto the curb to try to overtake Raikkonen? Was Kimi Raikkonen just a sitting duck? Sound off in the comments below!

Jerrica Leong

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