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Raikkonen disappointed with qualifying mechanical issues

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Kimi Raikkonen was forced to stop on track during qualifying at Spa-Francorchamps and will be forced to start from fourteenth on the grid as a result.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver, fresh off the back of retaining his drive at the team for the 2016 season, lost drive on his SF15-T and lost the chance to join team-mate Sebastian Vettel in the top-ten shoot-out.

“I don’t know exactly what happened, I lost some drive and had to stop,” said Raikkonen. “It’s too early to say what the problem was, we have to wait to know more about the issue.

“Our car has been handling pretty nice all weekend, unfortunately the issue has come at the bad time, my position could have been a bit better.

“Yesterday we had been trying few different things and I think we had made the right choices for today. Obviously we know we have to improve in all areas.”

Raikkonen feels his lowly grid slot will make his race on Sunday more difficult than it should have been, but is determined to make the most of his afternoon to get the best result possible for both himself and his team.

“My starting position will make my race very tricky but I hope that the race condition will turn in our favour,” reflected Raikkonen.

“It’s important to go through the first corner: even if it won’t be easy to get past Mercedes-engined cars, we’ll keep fighting and doing our best.”

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