Kimi Raikkonen has blamed Valtteri Bottas for crashing into him in the explosive Azerbaijan Grand Prix
LEWIS HAMILTON’s furious row with Sebastian Vettel is not the only Mercedes verses Ferrari battle from the Azerbaijan GP.
Vettel‘s team-mate, Kimi Raikkonen was left seething after Mercedes’ Valtteri Bottas crashed into him on the first lap.
Raikkonen suffered damage to his car and eventually was forced to retire from the race — twice – after his Ferrari mechanics made a quick-fix during the red flag when the race was stopped.
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He said: “I did nothing wrong but he braked very early, again.
“I went to the outside and it was fine and then suddenly I was hit completely on the side.
“I think he knew he had braked too early and then let the brakes go.
“It was completely his fault but I paid the price.
“I don’t know if it is anything to do with luck when someone drives into you. It is a mistake from the other side.
“If it is on your side, you can look in the mirror and think ‘you paid the price because you messed it up’, but this time it wasn’t.”
Race-winner, Daniel Ricciardo says his former Red Bull team-mate Vettel, needs to learn how to “put a lid” on his emotions.
He added: “Seb probably sometimes doesn’t think before he acts. It’s probably driven through passion and hunger. He’s kind of just got to put a lid on it sometimes.
“I respect Seb a lot for his grit and his love for the sport, which turns into a lot of passion and sometimes aggression. I respect and like that about him.
“But you have seen… whether it’s over the radio, sometimes he will just go crazy.”
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Meanwhile, Sir Jackie Stewart has called on F1’s governing body to appoint professional race stewards to oversee GPs in the future.
The FIA currently have four race stewards per race with one former driver included in the group.
In Azerbaijan it was American Danny Sullivan, who only raced in 15 F1 races for Tyrrell in 1983.
Now Stewart wants to see FIA President Jean Todt appoint a recent ex-F1 driver to preside over controversial moments, such as Sebastian Vettel driving into Lewis Hamilton in Baku.
He said: “There is room for more disciplinary action, but I have criticism about the stewarding at races.
“There are a different set of stewards at almost every grand prix.
“In my opinion, the FIA should choose a retired grand prix driver, give him a proper salary, and a position that he is the authority.
“They should sign him to a two-to-three year programme so he has full knowledge of all the drivers’ behaviour. It would take somebody that has been in the business recently, who has retired.
“At the moment we are dealing with a bunch of extremely mature representatives from countries who are signed up by the FIA.
“They swap these people around to give them an opportunity to come to a grand prix.
“That is servicing the FIA’s good relationships with nations.
“Those so-called stewards could come from a variety of different places and many of them are of different ages.
“They can’t then possibly give consistency to either the disciplinary actions or have the knowledge that is required to make judgements that could affect the outcome of world championships.
“Jean Todt won’t like me saying this, but I don’t think it is as professionally handled as it should be.”