F1 »

Raikkonen no shocked by Q3 failure

Kimi Raikkonen admits that Ferrari's failure to make it to the final stage of Abu Dhabi qualifying wasn't a surprise
Kimi Raikkonen insisted he wasn't surprised to not make it to the final stage of qualifying in Abu Dhabi after admitting that eleventh on the grid at Yas Marina was the best he could have hoped for.

Ferrari headed to the circuit insisting it remains in the fight for third with McLaren in the constructors' championship but playing down expectations due to the lack of development carried out on the F60 in recent months.

It therefore came as little surprise to see Raikkonen fall in the second stage of qualifying but the Finn – in his final race for the Scuderia - said he felt the car should be stronger in the race and that eleventh wasn't the worst place for him to start.

“Today we got the most out of the car, but we did not have the necessary performance to make it into Q3,” he said. “Already yesterday, we realised that it would be tough, so this result is definitely not a surprise. Tomorrow, we will try to do our best, but it's certainly not going to be an easy race, even though we should definitely be more competitive in the race than in qualifying.

“What I can say is that eleventh place is better than tenth, given that I will start from the clean side of the track and can choose the ideal fuel load. It will be hard to get third in the Constructors', because the McLaren is very competitive. We will have to try and get some points and hope for a bit of luck.”

Team-mate Giancarlo Fisichella continued to struggle in the second car and will start from plum last on the grid after qualifying 20th and he again admitted to being frustrated with the way his switch from Force India has panned out.

“We knew it would be tough, but I don't think we could have expected much more,” he said. “In the first and second sectors I was reasonably competitive, but in the final one I had a lot of understeer. Tomorrow will be hard, but I know I can manage a strong pace: we will do our best to get a good result.

“I am disappointed not to have been able to do better in these races with Ferrari as it would be nice to reward the team that has had trust in me, by bringing them some points. It has not been easy adapting my driving style to a car that is particularly difficult to drive and at a time when, more and more, it felt the effects of the ending of its development programme.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Giancarlo Fisichella [Pic credit: Shell/Ferrari]
Esteban Gutierrez joins Ferrari as test and reserve driver
Sebastian Vettel in the F2012 during a day testing at Fiorano
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
The McLaren MP4-29H of Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver is recovered back to the pits on the back of a truck.
26.11.2014.
The McLaren MP4-29H of Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver is recovered back to the pits on the back of a truck.
26.11.2014.
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Pascal Wehrlein (GER) Mercedes AMG F1 W05 Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MP4-29H Test and Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren Test and Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MP4-29H Test and Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MP4-29H Test and Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MP4-29H Test and Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Stoffel Vandoorne (BEL) McLaren MP4-29H Test and Reserve Driver.
26.11.2014.
Raffaele Marciello (ITA) Ferrari F14-T Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Alex Lynn (GBR) Lotus F1 E22 Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Alex Lynn (GBR) Lotus F1 E22 Test Driver.
26.11.2014.
Alex Lynn (GBR) Lotus F1 E22 Test Driver.
26.11.2014.

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


BoSox

November 01, 2009 4:03 AM
Last Edited 1875 days ago

Neither Kimi nor Felipe have had a pole this year when last year they had a combined 8 and the year before a combined 9. Everyone knows Kimi is one of the fastest on the track if not the fastest (when he actually is with it). Like ethan said, Fisi has been a bottom-feeder in the Ferrari. The car is just plain bad.

ethan - Unregistered

November 01, 2009 1:27 AM

Whinning ? Since when ? So you expect him to say "oh its my mistake, I should be on pole." Hello, FISI is LAST! Not a car problem ? Go figur...bunch of idiots...



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.