Kimi Raikkonen: “The car has been feeling good all weekend”


Kimi Raikkonen had one of his best qualifying sessions of the season in Montreal, with the Scuderia Ferrari driver finishing the best of the rest behind the two Mercedes AMG PETRONAS drivers and qualifying third on the grid.

The Finn was the only non Mercedes-powered car inside the top seven, and admitted he has had felt positive driving the SF15-T all weekend, having encountered no problems on his car.

“The car has been feeling good all weekend,” revealed Raikkonen. “We had no problems, apart from the one Sebastian [Vettel] had in qualifying, and everything ran smoothly.

“We have been making sure that all the small details were correct, we have learned from the past difficult races how small things can make a big change and enable you to get the result you want.

“We still have some work ahead, obviously we are not happy to finish third in the grid but in the race we’ll try to do better.”

Despite his high grid position, Raikkonen admits having a good race on Sunday is imperative, and believes he has the race craft to challenge Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on track for a possible victory.

“It’s hard to say what will happen tomorrow but at least we did a better qualifying than normal and we’ll be in a better position for the race,” said Raikkonen. “So far it has been ok but tomorrow is the big day.

“I expect that we can be stronger and challenge for a competitive race. The weather has been tricky these days, so it will be a bit of uncertain tomorrow.

“Tonight we are going to analyse a lot of data and will try to make the right decisions.”