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FP1 crash 'nothing special' - Raikkonen

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Kimi Raikkonen: "I just lost the rear of the car and that was it" © Getty Images

Kimi Raikkonen said his accident during first practice for the Korean Grand Prix was "nothing special", adding "these things happen".

Raikkonen lost the rear of his Lotus in the final corner of the lap, pitching his car to the right and into the barrier. The impact damaged the front suspension but his mechanics managed to get the car back on track in time for second practice.

"I went off," Raikkonen explained. "I just lost the rear of the car and that was it; it was nothing special. These things can happen, but luckily the team managed to fix the car for the second session, so we didn't lose much [time]."

In the second session, Raikkonen complained about the steering of the car pulling to the right but suspects it can be solved with more work.

"It was related to my crash, as the team didn't have time to work on the power steering, so it wasn't right after the crash," he said. "They had to fix the car in a short period of time and ran out of time to sort the steering problem before the start of the second session."

Raikkonen said the impact had not hurt his back, which he struggled with in Singapore, but the kerb on the exit of Turn 8 had caught his attention when he ran wide at the corner.

"Well, it's not ideal, particularly on the kerb coming out of Turn 8," he added. "That kerb is not very smooth and once I couldn't get out of it and it wasn't very nice. So I'll try to stay away from it, because when you touch it at high speed it kinds of pulls you even further into it."

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