Kimi Raikkonen had an awkward radio exchange with Ferrari in German Grand Prix


Very few people would have predicted how the German Grand Prix panned out for Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel respectively.

The German had begun in pole position but suffered bitter disappointment as he crashed out in the 52nd lap.

Hamilton, on the other hand, triumphed to regain the lead in the Championship despite starting out in 14th.

This was Mercedes' first-ever 1-2 finish in Germany, Valtteri Bottas vying with the world champion before he was eventually told to hold position.

Kimi Raikkonen finished in third place with Max Verstappen fourth. Daniel Ricciardo did not finish.

Everything had been going to plan for Ferrari until the rain came.

As the track began to slide, Vettel locked up into the hairpin and skidded into the barriers, retiring from the lead of a race for just the fifth time in his career.

His team had done everything possible to ensure he built on his lead at the top of the standings and had risked provoking the wrath of Raikkonen.

Inevitably, Ferrari told the Finnish driver to let Vettel overtake him, but skirted around the issue in their radio exchange.

Ferrari's team orders

Senior performance engineer Jock Clear told him:

"Kimi, this is Jock, you're aware we need to look after tyres, both cars need to look after tyres and you two are on different strategies.


"Your strategies are slightly different and we'd like you not to hold up Seb."

Raikkonen responded:

"I don't know, what do you want me to do?"

Clear elaborated:

"Losing as little time as possible obviously, but where you can, Seb is capable of going quicker but he's hurting his tyres and you are as well, we need to look after them."

"So what do you want me to do?" Raikkonen asked.

"Let him go? Just tell me."

Having been leading, it must have been frustrating for the Iceman though it has to be said Ferrari had a point about the tyre heat, with Raikkonen's older tyres struggling to find grip in the difficult weather conditions.

In an interview with David Coulthard on Sky Sports after the race, the presenter put it to Raikkonen that he knew exactly what his team were saying but wanted them to be clearer with their instructions.

F1 Grand Prix of Germany - Qualifying

"It wasn't clear enough," he added.

"I had the speed and obviously it was a big moment in the race and I needed to stop.

"I don't know, it didn't really change an awful lot in the end. It was a tricky race with the rain and it was pretty slippery."

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