Kimi Raikkonen attributed his poor qualifying performance to being unable to get Turn 1 right at the Red Bull Ring.

In Q3, Raikkonen set a time that was two seconds off pole and 1.1s slower than Daniil Kvyat ahead of him. Reflecting on his afternoon, Raikkonen said he had locked up and damaged his tyres at the first corner but took advantage of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Hulkenberg failing to set lap times to at least take eighth place on the grid for the Austrian Grand Prix.

"I was struggling with the first corner a lot and couldn't get it right," Raikkonen said. "I knew I had three laps so I tried to do it again and on the last lap I just locked a wheel - the outside wheel for some reason - and flat-spotted the front left. It was pretty much done at that point. It was the first corner so obviously I lost a lot of time after that and there was a lot of vibration in a straight line.

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"I just did the lap to set a time. It's disappointing. It's been difficult to get one lap together the whole weekend and I think speed-wise wasn't too bad if I put the lap together but it's just been a big struggle to do that. It's disappointing in the end but it's only qualifying."

Raikkonen added that he didn't expect to have as many problems with getting the tyres working over a race distance but says it is an ongoing issue that he has been facing.

"It's better in the race pace but to get the tyres working seems to be very difficult for me, not just this weekend. It seems to get a bit more easy in the race but it was just a difficult qualifying."