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Kimi Raikkonen insisted that he knew what he was doing at the Brazilian Grand Prix after the Finn had an off track moment in the race but took the wrong route to rejoin the circuit.
On lap 52, the Lotus driver went off at the final corner but instead of turning around and getting back, the Finn opted to take the escape road with the intention of getting back onto the circuit further ahead, only to find the section blocked.
“Where I went off you can get back on the track by going through the support race pit lane, but you have to go through a gate,” explained Raikkonen who went off as he couldn’t see well because his visor was dirty and had fogged up in the wet conditions.
“I know this as I did the same thing in 2001 and the gate was open that year. Somebody closed it this time. Next year I’ll make sure it’s open again," he added.
Raikkonen finished in tenth place sealing third place in the drivers’ championship in a season where he finished all his races, with only one outside the points.
Teammate Romain Grosjean, meanwhile, spun off very early in the damp conditions at Interlagos ending his season in sixth place in the standings.
"I’m a little bit shaken but otherwise not too bad. Everything was nicely under control at the start of the race then it all ended very suddenly at Turn 11,” said the Frenchman. “It was a strange one; I could see it was raining a bit more so I was taking it even easier than on the lap before, then suddenly the car just went from underneath me and that was it.”