Kimi Raikkonen will hope to make the most of qualifying ahead of his championship rivals after setting the fourth best time in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Although unable to match the pace of Jenson Button despite being hotly tipped for pole, Raikkonen was able to secure a place on the second row of the grid – before being promoted into third when Pastor Maldonado was handed a penalty for impeding Nico Hulkenberg.
The Finn will start ahead of the drivers who are currently ahead of him in the championship and he said his aim was to outscore them in order to keep his title hopes alive.
“It wasn't the easiest of qualifying sessions,” he said. “The car is okay but it doesn't look like we have the speed that some others have and we were certainly not quick enough for pole today. The race is a different story. On the grid we're in front of the guys who are ahead of us in the championship so we'll try to score more points than them.”
Team-mate Romain Grosjean was ninth quickest but starts from P8 thanks to the penalty handed out to Mark Webber for a gearbox change.
“That wasn't my best qualifying ever and I struggled a little bit,” he said. “I had traffic in Q1 and I didn't feel as confident with the car as I would like. You can see how close it was in the top ten so I suffered from not having everything exactly as I wanted, especially on the softer compound.
“Missing yesterday's practice because of the weather didn't help either as any time in the car is always beneficial, especially for a long lap like Spa. I'm sure the car will be good in the race and we should have a good strategy.”