ABU DHABI GRAND PRIX – Qualifying results
Kimi Raikkonen will end the 2016 Formula 1 World Championship season having out-qualified Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel 11-10 as the Finn secured a spot on the second row for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
Though it was Vettel that would end FP3 with the fastest time, once more Raikkonen was the quicker of the two when it mattered in Q3 as he posted a 1min 39.604secs, less than a tenth up on the German but behind Daniel Ricciardo.
It was a result that Raikkonen was satisfied with, saying the Ferrari is 'behaving well' even if he feels he could have been slightly quicker.
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“The last lap was pretty OK but was nothing like very good. So the difference was very small so for sure that amount you can find in one braking here or there, but if you get sideways you lose that easily.
“It was there but this is what we've got so we've got to be happy with that. The car has been behaving well, it's not an easy place to do a good lap so it's not ideal but we tried at least.”
Though more concerned to have lost out on third place to Ricciardo, the result means Raikkonen ends 2016 with a qualifying edge on Vettel by the smallest of margins. This is stark contrast to 2015 when Vettel commanded a mammoth advantage over a single lap, out-qualifying the 2007 F1 champion 15-4.
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