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Kimi Raikkonen: “I was happier with the car”

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Kimi Raikkonen - Credit: Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen was happy to qualify third for the Brazilian Grand Prix, even if he felt he didn’t get the best out of his final lap in qualifying.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver was unable to match the pace of the Mercedes AMG Petronas Formula One Team during the session but his last lap was enough to see him jump Max Verstappen.

“Today everything felt a bit more normal than yesterday and I was happier with the car,” said Raikkonen. “Overall it was easier for everybody, the cooler temperatures helped, yesterday the track was very hot.

“To be honest the feeling in the last lap was not so good, the front was sliding in the first two corners and I struggled a bit in the middle sector to put the lap together.

“I knew that it was better than the previous one but I thought it wouldn’t be enough because it was not an ideal one; It was good enough to be third and I’m positively surprised. Mercedes was too far but today it worked out pretty well and we can be happy with this result.”

Raikkonen feels there is potential for a good result on Sunday, especially if the weather conditions play into their hands, with the Finn knowing anything can happen if the weather becomes unpredictable.

“There is potential in the car, we are getting where we should be,” said Raikkonen. “Tomorrow we can only do our best, with weather conditions you never know and things can quickly change.”

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