Following our coverage of the incident between Kimi Raikkonen and World-renowned photographer Paul-Henri Cahier ahead of Sunday s British Grand Prix, the photographer has now issued a statement in his defence.
Raikkonen s camp defended the driver, who pushed over the photographer, insisting he had been provoked after Paul-Henri had “touchedâ€ the 28 year-old and “stood on Kimi s gearâ€.
However, in a statement on Cahier s website, â€˜The Cahier Archive , the photographer felt it necessary to â€˜clarify a few points saying:
“There never was any contact between the two men, nor did Paul-Henri ever touch Kimi s equipment. Furthermore, the distance at which Paul-Henri Cahier was taking a picture, although close, was completely standard. The photographers who take pictures at Grand Prix races are all professionals who have been accredited by the FIA, and as the dozen other photographers who were standing next to Paul-Henri Cahier prove, there was nothing unusual or unethical about this situation.â€
The photographer went on to say that he “has been an F1 photographer for almost forty years and has been close to the greatest champions, but none of them has ever behaved in such a rude manner. It is understandable that drivers might get irritable because of the pressure they undergo, but Kimi Raikkonen never even attempted to express his discontent in a non violent way. Paul-Henri Cahier luckily did not suffer any injury, and so does not intend to take any action, but he regrets the arrogance with which Kimi Raikkonen treated someone who was merely doing his job.â€