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Kimi Raikkonen had considered not racing at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix over a pay dispute with Lotus ahead of the weekend. And considering how the race turned out, it would have made no difference if he had stayed at home.
He had qualified fifth on Saturday only to be demoted to the back of the grid after his car failed a post-qualifying inspection because of an illegal floor.
Sunday proved even more difficult with the Finn retiring on lap one with suspension damage after a collision with Giedo van der Garde at Turn 1.
"The Caterham only touched a little bit the front wheel, but the angle was so bad it damaged my suspension," Raikkonen explained.
The 2007 world champion, bound to Ferrari next season, didn’t hang around after his post-race television interviews and promptly left the circuit.
Raikkonen remains third in the drivers’ championship, 34 points behind Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso, with two races remaining, making his hopes of finishing runner-up this season even more difficult.
Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, who finished Sunday’s race in seventh place, is now just eight points behind the Finn.