Kimi Raikkonen has attempted to put a positive spin on Ferrari's disappointing Canadian Grand Prix qualifying session, by claiming that the team will be quick on race day.

The Finn claimed the Scuderia's best grid position, but had to settle for fourth place after Nick Heidfeld stuck his BMW Sauber onto the inside of row three, best of the rest behind the pacesetting McLaren-Mercedes. Raikkonen, who topped the first portion of the three-section session, insisted that qualifying performances were hard to read with several strategic options for the race in Montreal.

"Of course, I would have preferred to have been further forward on the starting grid, but we know we have a competitive car when running at race pace," he stressed, "As far as today's result is concerned, there is always the unknown factor concerning the fuel levels of those fighting it out in Q3.

"I didn't have any particular problems today, but I lacked a bit of speed when compared to our closest rivals. However, before getting upset about it, we must wait and see how the race goes. We will do our utmost to get the best result possible."

Technical director Luca Baldisserri was also keen to make light of the situation, claiming that racing at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve was more possible than at other venues.

"At this circuit, the result of qualifying is less important than at others, but we cannot deny that, today, our closest rivals were quicker than us," he reasoned, "We know we have a competitive package when running in race trim and, here, the strategy and the work of the team can be decisive.

"This race is very tough on the cars and reliability will play a key role. We will try to bring home as many points as possible, while being aware that we face a tough race."

 

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