Kimi Raikkonen: “We know our limits on this track”


Kimi Raikkonen - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen felt fifth on the grid was the best he could have hoped for at Silverstone on Saturday after admitting that his Scuderia Ferrari team have been struggling so far this weekend.

The Finn admitted he made life difficult for himself on Saturday afternoon, especially in Q2 when he made errors on his first two laps before moving into Q3 with his last effort.

Raikkonen feels the team should be more competitive during Sunday’s race, and hopes they can make the right strategy calls on race day and make the Pirelli tyres work to their advantage.

“Fifth and sixth is not what we want, we are not happy with where we finished today, but this is the best we could achieve,” said Raikkonen.

“We know our limits on this track and where we struggle, the circuit layout and the conditions don’t make it very easy for us and we are a bit stuck with the things we can do. This afternoon the car felt the best it has been in the whole weekend, but obviously we were not fast enough.

“In Q2 I made it very difficult for myself, I spun at the start of my run with the first new set, and then locked the front wheel on the next one. At my last attempt I was able to make it through to Q3, but these things shouldn’t happen.

“Race conditions are always different and can change a lot here, usually we are stronger in the race and hopefully tomorrow will be the same. We’ll try to make a good start, make the tires work and take the right decisions.”