MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Finnish Formula One driver Valtteri Bottas turned the tables on compatriot Kimi Raikkonen at the Mexican Grand Prix on Sunday when the pair collided for the second time in three races.
“That is what you call payback,” former F1 driver David Coulthard commented on the BBC after Ferrari’s Raikkonen retired with shattered suspension while Bottas raced on in his Williams.
In last month’s Russian Grand Prix, Raikkonen shunted Bottas into the barriers on the last lap while trying to pass to secure third place.
The time penalty Raikkonen collected for that move demoted him to eighth after the race and allowed Mercedes to retain their constructor’s title. It also handed Mexican Sergio Perez his first podium finish of the year with Force India.
In Mexico, it was Bottas who was trying to overtake Raikkonen on the inside at turn four on lap 22 when his front left tire and Raikkonen’s rear right tangled. The Ferrari driver was bounced out with suspension damage.
The stewards investigated and decided to take no further action.
“All OK with the car?” asked Bottas over the team radio as he continued on his way. “Looks good. He just cut you up and left you no space,” was the reply.
Raikkonen’s race had been troubled before the start, when he was demoted to the back row with a 35-place penalty for a change of gearbox and power unit elements.
Bottas had started in sixth place.
Editing by Ed Osmond