Raikko­nen wants a pit er­ror in­ves­ti­ga­tion

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Kimi Raikko­nen has called on his Fer­rari team to in­ves­ti­gate the pit stop blun­der that cost him a strong fin­ish in Austin last week­end.

The Finn was run­ning in fourth spot on a three-stop strat­egy when the team mis­tak­enly re­leased him from his pit box be­fore the right-rear wheel­gun had been dis­en­gaged.

The team or­dered Raikko­nen to stop his car be­fore the pit exit, not know­ing whether the wheel had been se­cured or not. Raikko­nen rolled his car back into the pits, but re­tired from the race.

The FIA has fined Fer­rari 5,000 euro for what it deemed to be an un­safe re­lease.

Raikko­nen, who was shown the green light to leave his pit box, said: “The rea­sons be­hind why it went green, we have to in­ves­ti­gate and un­der­stand. Hope­fully in the fu­ture, [we need to] change what­ever is needed for it not to hap­pen. The green light came on so I go. So why did it come on if we were not ready? The wheel was still on when I stopped, but it wasn’t 100 per cent so we had to stop.”

The in­ci­dent com­pounded a dif­fi­cult week­end for the Scud­e­ria, which strug­gled to match the pace of both Mercedes and Red Bull.

Se­bas­tian Vet­tel took fourth, but said he was strug­gling to ex­plain why Fer­rari was lag­ging be­hind.

“We’re just not quick enough,” he said. “We don’t know ex­actly why. The feel­ing in the car wasn’t bad and we were happy with the bal­ance. A lot of work is go­ing in to try and un­der­stand what hap­pened.”

Raikko­nen was forced to re­tire after an er­ror at his pit stop

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