Kimi Raikkonen was confused with his Scuderia Ferrari, which seemed as tricky to drive as the circuit.
The Finn spent qualifying on his radio, complaining of one thing or another, and never seemed to be content at the wheel.
“The car was good overall, I thought there was a lot of potential, but for many little reasons we never really got the time out of it,” he said. “The final result is far from what we wanted, but that’s how it ended up today.”
It sounds as though the difficulties have been present throughout all of the race weekends so far as he admitted to have struggled with the balance, but he did say the car was better than it had been.
Unfortunately it proved only good enough for fifth, though he kept the Red Bull Racing of Max Verstappen behind him, which is a positive come the race tomorrow. He was two tenths away from the other Red Bull with a time of 1:29.567s.
“I have been struggling to find the right set up: all in all it has been better here than it’s been the last few races, but in qualifying, when we start to push, it is not what we wanted yet,” he continued.
“Tomorrow is another day, the grid position is not ideal and the race is going to be quite tricky.
“So let’s try to make a good start, make the right decisions and take the best out of it.”