Kimi Raikkonen says he is unconcerned by the number of Mercedes-powered cars he will be forced to pass in the Belgian Grand Prix should he make progress from his 14th position on the grid.
The Finn was forced to stop early on in Q2 after suffering a loss in oil pressure, mechanical issues that will leave him on the seventh row of the grid for the Spa-Francorchamps race.
Despite the disappointing outcome, particularly after a mechanical issue prevented a possible podium in Hungary, Raikkonen remains confident his car is quick enough to work his way through a field of competitive cars ahead, particularly the bevy of Mercedes-powered machines.
“The Mercedes-engined cars are pretty strong here but our car is handling pretty nicely all weekend so it was bad timing for the issue, but it is what it is.
“Obviously, we know we have to improve in all areas [for the race]. My starting position will make my race very tricky but I hope that the race condition will turn in our favour. We'll keep fighting and try to do the best we can and see where we end up.”
The last time Raikkonen started in 14th was the Austrian Grand Prix, which ended in a sizeable accident between himself and Fernando Alonso.