Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari's third row on the grid is justified simply by the car not being 'fast overall' as Red Bull once again out-performed it in qualifying for the German Grand Prix.
Though the Finn would get the better of team-mate Sebastian Vettel at the Hockenheimring, it is the third race in a row that both Ferrari drivers have been out-qualified by Daniel Ricciardo and Max Verstappen.
RESULTS: German Grand Prix – Qualifying results
With Red Bull now just a point shy of surpassing Ferrari for second in the constructors' standings, Raikkonen was disappointed to be down on his rivals again.
“The car was behaving pretty OK, I didn't have any big issues. On the last set of tyres I struggled a bit and I didn't have the same good feeling I had with the previous one. We're just not fast overall, we need to put more downforce in the car to go faster, but apart from that the handling was OK. It's disappointing to be where we are, but this is how it is today. We'll keep working and improving – that's about it.
“You never know how things are going to play out in the race. We try to make a good start and go from there. We try to do our own fastest race and who knows what will happen during the race or in the race. We just do our own thing and hopefully it play out well and we can improve the position.”
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Though Raikkonen dismissed the suggestion the Hockenheimring is 'easy to overtake', he does expect fewer problems ascending than in Hungary should the opportunity arise.
“I don't think it's easy to overtake in any track, you have to be quick enough to overtake but for sure it should be easier than in Hungary. I don't know what tyres the others have for the race, I don't know exactly what we're going to do, we'll go through that later on.
“Hopefully whatever we'll do will be correct and we play it the right way. It won't be easy to make up places but I fully believe we know what we're doing and I think if the speed will be there tomorrow to challenge. So we'll see where we end up.”
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