RESULTS: Malaysian Grand Prix – Qualifying results
Kimi Raikkonen says traffic coming into his final flying lap during qualifying for the Malaysian Grand Prix would prevent him from coming good on Ferrari's hopes of reaching the second row at Sepang.
The Finn, along with team-mate Sebastian Vettel, had been comfortably quicker than their Red Bull rivals on Friday but struggled to match their turn of pace when it mattered in qualifying.
With Raikkonen also losing out to Vettel to qualify in sixth position, the Finn blamed traffic on his out lap for forcing him to back off and lose heat in his tyres as he came into his critical flyer.
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“It was a bit difficult to get the tyres to work there. On the last lap I had traffic on the out lap and then struggled with the tyres in the first corners. I tried to get time back, but just kept losing more time, so it was not the greatest end, but that's how it goes sometimes.”
Reflecting on the Red Bull's gains over Ferrari, Raikkonen admits it is frustrating to see their rivals come on stronger at the pivotal moment in Q3.
“It's not ideal but we've seen before that we can get close to them in Q1 and then whatever they do they seem to suddenly go faster in the end of qualifying. Maybe they have something, they change some settings or something. Like I said we didn't have a great ending of qualifying.
“We're still behind them, we've seen that in the past races or in most of the year, they've been very strong. Sometimes we're a bit closer to Mercedes, sometimes a bit further away. With a good qualifying for sure we would have been closer but this is where we ended up, fifth and sixth, and tomorrow we try to make a better race out of it.”
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