Formula 1: Lotus Apologizes For Heated Exchange With Kimi

of Finland and attends the drivers press conference prior to the India GP. (Photo: Getty Images)

If you were watching the Indian Grand Prix and listening closely to the pit-to-car radio, you may have heard an odd exchange from Lotus F1 to driver Kimi Raikkonen. The team’s trackside operations director, Alan Permane, was a little cross feeling that Raikkonen was making it difficult for teammate who was on fresher tires and clearly faster.

Permane said:

“Move out of the ***ing way!”

Raikkonen didn’t like that much and offered expletives of his own and fans have not responded well to the tongue-lashing Kimi received either. This has prompted Lotus F1′s Eric Boullier to offer an apology to prevent further discomfort. AUTOSPORT has the call:

“Romain was two seconds per lap faster than Kimi at that time, so it was not even a team order,” said Boullier.

“By asking Kimi to let Romain pass, we just made the obvious choice, as Massa could have stolen our podium.

“With hindsight, this radio message could have been sent in a less emotional way.

“There was a lot of tension, a lot of potential technical problems, and some of the words that flew around were simply not appropriate.

“I know that quite a few people were surprised and I can only apologise for that on behalf of the team. It won’t happen again.”

What is also interesting is a fan video from YouTube user, Karthik Wizz, showing the initial exchange between Permane and Kimi as the driver returned to the Lotus F1 garage after the race:

To be a fly on the wall for that conversation. It’s nice of Eric Boullier to offer the apology but to be honest, I don’t think Kimi could care any less about the incident.

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