Raikkonen says Spanish conspiracy theory ‘rubbish’

Kimi Raikkonen has dismissed as “rubbish” a conspiracy theory about Fernando Alonso’s retirement from recent grands prix.

A Spanish newspaper correspondent said last week he saw a possible link between the fact Lotus drivers Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean were involved in the incidents that knocked former runaway championship leader Alonso out of the races at Suzuka and Spa respectively. The reporter also recalled that it was Renault’s Vitaly Petrov who blocked Alonso at the 2010 world championship finale, with all three incidents helping the similarly Renault-powered Red Bull’s Sebastian Vettel towards his titles.

“I guess it’s important to look at the country (Spain) where this was written,” Raikkonen is quoted in Korea by Finland’s Turun Sanomat.

Indeed, Ferrari’s Alonso said in Korea that Raikkonen has nothing to apologise for, even though it was the Lotus driver who cut his rear tyre at Suzuka a week ago.

“It was an unlucky situation with the front wing of Kimi and my rear tyre,” he said, answering “No” as to whether Raikkonen should apologise.

Raikkonen, meanwhile, would not comment on what the F1 world should expect when, on his 33rd birthday next Wednesday, his plans for the 2013 season will finally be revealed.

“You’ll see then,” he smiled.


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