19 July 2014
F1 German Grand Prix: Raikkonen rues Q2 errors
Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen was left to ponder a couple of excursions that cost him a place in the F1 pole position shoot-out at the German Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen admits that a couple of minor mistakes prevented him from progressing into the pole positions shoot-out at the German Grand Prix.
The Finn has struggled to get a handle on this year's Ferrari, and admits that his qualifying performances have fallen short of his own expectations, but appeared to be in for a good qualifying session after impressing in free practice at Hockenheim. However, after losing the end of FP3 to a fuel pump problem, he twice ran wide on his final run in second qualifying when needing an improvement to break back into the top ten.
“On the second run, for some reason I lost the rear in corner two, lost a lot of time and it was difficult to gain back the time after that,” he conceded, “I also lost time in the last sector, so I couldn't put the lap together.
“It had felt pretty okay up to that point. We had a problem yesterday morning and a problem this morning, which doesn't help, but the car was feeling pretty good yesterday morning and this morning, so it was an unfortunate thing. But it happens.”
It has happened perhaps more than most to Raikkonen since his return to Maranello, but the Finn is refusing to let things get him down.
“It's just different things [affecting qualifying],” he admitted, “In the races, it hasn't been that good either, so it's just things going wrong or I'm making mistakes and haven't been able to put a proper lap together for a long time. But it's been feeling much better here, more like it should. It's not exactly as I want, as it feels good for one run then, on the next, you lose the rear for no reason, but I'm not trying anything stupid. It's so on edge that it's difficult to predict what it's going to do and one slip, like I had on corner two, and you lose all the speed on the straight. When it happens in moments like that, it makes a big difference.”
Shrugging off the lost of FRICS – 'I don't feel any difference' – and the brake failure suffered by fellow Brembo user Lewis Hamilton – 'they have happened to me and I know, out of 100 or 200 discs, there can be some odd issues' – Raikkonen also played down the potential significance of having an extra set of tyres for qualifying outside the top ten.
“I'd much rather be more up in the front [rather than having an extra set of tyres], but I'll have to see how the weather is tomorrow,” he reasoned, “It's supposed to be a bit cooler, but who knows… I'd just like to make a good race and score good points.”
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