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MOTORSPORT: Raikkonen's left cursing his bad luck
10:25pm Sunday 3rd November 2013 in Sport
Kimi Raikkonen was rueing his bad luck as he had a weekend to forget at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Already starting from the back of the grid after being disqualified for a technical fault in qualifying, the Enstone-based team’s driver collided with Caterham’s Giedo van der Garde on the first corner in yesterday's race, ending his race.
It is the first time since 2006 that Raikkonen has failed to finish.
World champion Sebastian Vettel won the race, with fellow Red Bull driver Mark Webber second, Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg third and Raikkonen’s teammate Romain Grosjean fourth.
Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso late charge saw him take fifth from Force India’s Paul Di Resta and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton.
“After a difficult start to the weekend we did well yesterday so it was a shame we couldn’t start where we qualified,” said Raikkonen.
“But these things happen sometimes; it’s just back luck.”
He added: “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. It wasn’t a heavy impact, but the angle made it worse.
“It’s 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 the pit lane.”
Of the other Oxfordshire teams, the Grove-based Williams duo Pastor Maldonado and Valteri Bottas finished 11th and 15th respectively.
Jules Bianchi and Max Chilton, from the Banbury-based Marussia team, were 20 and 21st, while the Leafield-based Caterham duo Van Der Garde and Charles Pic finished 18th and 19th.
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