RESULTS: Mexican Grand Prix - Qualifying results
Kimi Raikkonen feels Ferrari can still salvage a strong result in the Mexican Grand Prix despite failing to capitalise on the team's free practice form to qualify down in sixth place.
Ferrari had raised hopes of a Mercedes challenge after Sebastian Vettel set the pace in FP2, but both the German and Raikkonen would find themselves out-performed when it mattered in Q3 as their rivals – including the Force India of Nico Hulkenberg – found gains.
Indeed, though Raikkonen feels the SF16-T was quicker in qualifying than it was in practice, he admits he didn't get the most out of the car.
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“I felt my car was definitively better today, our qualifying lap times were better today. Q1 was pretty OK, straightaway, we struggled a bit in Q2 to get the tyres to where we wanted them. The Soft tyre worked pretty OK but I lost a bit in the last corners. Then, in Q1, the first lap was pretty decent, but I felt I lost time in a few places.”
Complaining of a power problem on his second run, Raikkonen remains confident the Ferrari package has good race potential.
“I had an odd feeling in the last run, we had some issue with power in the last set of tyres and could never use them. I feel there was a lot of lap time that we never got, because we didn't use the second set of tyres. It was a bit of a struggle because I took it a bit easy in the first run of Q3, so I think the position we are in doesn't show the lap time we could achieve. It was just unfortunate that it went like that.”
With Raikkonen leading Vettel – edging him 10-9 in the qualifying head-to-head - , the Finn was nonetheless more concerned with the disappointing overall team performance.
“It's not really important for me. When we are 6th and 7th… If we would be fighting at the front ... Right now I don't feel it gives anything, we struggled with the issue. I thought the car was pretty decent but with the small problem we had I couldn't run and it cost us quite a few places.”
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