Kimi Raikkonen was again left rueing the mistake he made during qualifying for the Turkish Grand Prix as he claims it ultimately stopped him from claiming a much needed victory.

Raikkonen started third on the grid after an error in the final sector on his last flying lap cost him enough time to let Felipe Massa and Lewis Hamilton out-qualify him. However, while he made a good start on the cleaner side of the grid - as he predicted - he could do nothing to overhaul his team-mate.

Indeed, with Raikkonen fuelled to pit a lap earlier than Massa, it was always unlikely he could use the pit stop period, as he did at Magny-Cours, to get the better of the Brazilian and although he claims he tried to pass on track, he was never willing to put a definite 1-2 at risk.

"Of course I would like to have won but probably the race was decided in yesterday afternoon's qualifying session. When your main rival is your team-mate, there are less unknown factors and even less room to come up with something. However, the important thing is to have put two Ferraris in front of everyone else and, in any case, we have made up ground on the championship leader.

Raikkonen did give an indicator of what he could have done though when he dropped back deliberately in the latter stages and managed to set the fastest lap on the penultimate revolution.

"I got a good start then I had a bit of understeer which went away after a few laps. The second set of tyres did not work as well as the first. As for the fastest lap, I was a bit bored with spending the whole race behind another car and so I tried to see how quick I could have been. In Monza I will have to try and do a good qualifying to be in the best possible situation for the race."

 

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