Kimi Raikkonen has blamed a miscommunication for failing to make it through Q1 in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen ended up 18th in the first part of qualifying, while team-mate, Sebastian Vettel easily progress in the sister Ferrari and will line up third on the grid on Sunday, 'best of the rest' behind Mercedes duo, Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg.

In the end Raikkonen's best lap in Q1 was a 1 minute 12.867 seconds, leaving him 0.359s off a place in Q2, with the Finn and Ferrari seemingly caught out as the track improved and dried out.

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Having asked candidly over the team radio 'what the f**k happened' when informed he was out of Q1, Raikkonen went on to explain why he was left down the order.

"We [were meant to] have three timed laps and obviously they noticed at some point we went out too late and it was not going to be possible to have three timed laps, but I was never told. I was doing a normal plan and obviously it made a big difference," he explained.

"It was wrong. I was doing the same thing that I was doing when I went out and I never got the information that it was not possible to do what was the original plan and obviously we missed the one lap completely," he added.

"I did as planned and as I was told, but as I said there was a mistake at some point when they sent us too late out and the plan changed at that point, but I was never told that. I thinking that I was doing the normal thing and [as I said] I was not told that the plan had changed suddenly."

Meanwhile, looking to race day, Raikkonen believes the key will be the start and avoiding trouble on the opening lap.

"Obviously it was not ideal [what happened in qualifying]. We should be much higher up and I'm sure we could have fought at the front, but we tried to do our best and obviously it's not an ideal starting place," he continued.

"Yes, there are long straights but also there are very tricky corners to be in the middle of the pack, so we have much bigger chances to have that happening in the first few corners, so you try to stay clear of all the shit in the first lap and then I guess we should have speed, but you never know what will happen in the race. We will do our best and see where we end up.

"We will push as hard as we can and hopefully make the right decisions when they come and gain many positions."