Ferrari team principal Maurizio Arrivabene has lambasted Mercedes technical director James Allison for his comments regarding Kimi Raikkonen’s collision with Lewis Hamilton on the first-lap of Sunday’s British Grand Prix.
Following a poor start from pole position, Hamilton found himself in third-place going into Turn 3 as he looked to make up lost positions.
However, Raikkonen, attempting a pass on the inside of the corner, locked up and spun the four-time champion around to the back of the field.
The Finn was handed a 10-second time penalty for the incident, while Hamilton recovered to finish ahead of Raikkonen on the podium and limit the damage to his world championship prospects.
Allison referred to the contact, as conveyed by team boss Toto Wolff after the race, as either “deliberate or incompetent”, and a livid Arrivabene said the ex-Ferrari man should be “ashamed” of his comments.
“Who is incompetent? Kimi? Who is he to judge what the drivers are doing in the car?” Arrivabene told Sky Italia.
“If he really said something like that, he should be ashamed!
“Allison worked at Maranello for many years, but now we are here in England teaching him to be a gentleman.
“I accept it from [Sky Italia pundit] Jacques Villeneuve because he was a driver. But this guy?”
Aside from the controversial remark, Sebastian Vettel opened up his lead in the drivers’ standings to eight points with his first victory at Silverstone since 2009. Arrivabene believed the German “drove like a lion” following a neck injury that threatened to hamper his weekend.
“I’m happy first of all for the team,” the Italian told Channel 4. “Starting with Mattia [Binotto], and together with the other guys in Maranello, he [designed] a very, very good car.
“The credit should go to him, together with Sebastian that was driving today like a lion with the pain he got on the neck.”