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Formula 1

Vettel on Raikkonen collision: It must have been a misunderstanding

The Aston Martin driver has no hard feelings towards Kimi Raikkonen despite their clash on the last lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.

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Sebastian Vettel believes a misunderstanding with Kimi Raikkonen led to the pair's high speed collision through Turn 5 on the final lap of the Austrian Grand Prix.

Vettel and Raikkonen were racing for 12th place until the Alfa Romeo driver appeared to turn Vettel around, sending him into a big spin.

"I didn't see much, I only felt the contact," Vettel told RacingNews365.com and other select members of the press. "I had a good exit out of Turn 4 and just tried to stay to the right to overshoot him at the next corner.

"I don't think there was any intention so it must have been a misunderstanding."

Vettel started on the soft tyres which forced him into a two-stop race. It didn't pay off even though he felt the balance of his car was good.

"I was stuck in traffic, so it was not great," added Vettel. "Then the medium runners at some stages obviously went faster, but I don't think it was that bad. Inside, the car felt ok."

Raikkonen was deemed to be at fault for the collision, so was given a 20-second time penalty and two points in his F1 licence. It had no consequences on his Austrian GP result as he finished down in 15th, having had a good drive until the incident.

"Our wheels touched and off we went," said Raikkonen. "An unfortunate end but it didn't really change much but I have to see out it from the outside.

"I saw him there but I don't know if I moved, or he moved. It didn't change the result much.

"The car was ok, we caught up but we need to be a bit faster every lap. The race pace is good but not good enough for points.

"The Red Bull Ring is maybe not the ideal place for us with the long straights, I don't think we are in the same league on the straights but we keep trying."

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