Kimi Raikkonen: “It has not been an easy weekend so far”


Kimi Raikkonen - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen could not match Scuderia Ferrari team-mate Sebastian Vettel during qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix, and will start the race in sixth compared to Vettel’s third place.

The Finn was happier with the performance of his car on Saturday after struggling with the handling and set-up during Friday’s running, but still admitted to having some struggles on track, particularly at turn ten, where he was unable to get the grip required to take the turn perfectly.

Raikkonen believes he will have a better car in race conditions, and will be looking to claim only his second trip to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve podium on Sunday to add to his race win back in 2005 whilst with McLaren.

“Since yesterday evening we did a good job and improved a lot the behaviour of the car, but today it was still not easy to put the car where I wanted,” said Raikkonen.

“It was a hectic qualifying session because of the weather conditions and I was not very happy with the driving. I had some issues here and there, I struggled in turn 10 all the times to make the front turn, and it was hard to put the lap together.

“It has not been an easy weekend so far and if you finish P6 there’s still work to be done, but I’m sure that for the race tomorrow the car will be better.”