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Kimi Raikkonen had explicit reaction when he thought he lost podium to Max Verstappen

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There was massive drama at the United States Grand Prix.

Max Verstappen overtook Kimi Raikkonen in the final lap to finish the race in third - an incredible achievement considering he started the race in 16th.

But his joyous celebrations were short-lived.

The stewards gave him a five-second penalty after it was adjudged his four wheels left the track on turn 17.

It meant Raikkonen jumped back ahead of Verstappen onto the podium.

And it’s fair to say the 20-year-old wasn’t too happy with the decision.

He tweeted: “Disappointed with the inconsistency in decisions regarding track limits this whole weekend. Feel robbed but it was a superb drive👌 #USGP“

And in an interview after the match, he blasted an “idiot” for costing him a podium place.

“We had a really great race, but with those stupid decisions you really kill the sport,” he said.

“It's one idiot steward up there which always makes decisions against me.

“At the end of the day everybody is running wide everywhere, there are no track limits. At Turn 9 you can run wide, at Turn 19 you can go off the track and nobody will say anything.

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“It's the same with [Valtteri] Bottas - I went for a move, and he continued outside the track; he came back, I really had to pass him, and nothing has been done against that while he definitely gained advantage.

“It's not good for the sport - they have to be really clear on the rules that it's not allowed.”

But Verstappen’s loss is Raikkonen’s gain.

Watch: Raikkonen’s reaction to the overtake

While he could be seen walking rather gingerly into the Podium Room as Verstappen was informed of his penalty, his reaction when he was overtaken was one of devastation.

A video has emerged which reveals Raikkonen’s team radio during the incident.

He can be heard saying: “Sorry Guys, F*ck me, F*ck..!"

Check it out:

He obviously didn’t see Verstappen’s four wheels leave the track meaning he would keep his place in third.

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