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Kimi Raikkonen: “I’m disappointed with the qualifying result”

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Kimi Raikkonen, Scuderia Ferrari. Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd.

Kimi Raikkonen was disappointed with his error-prone flying lap, which cost him third place by 0.066s.

Despite being happy with the car’s handling throughout the weekend, Raikkonen was unable to achieve perfection when it mattered most and finished fourth, one place behind fellow Finn Valtteri Bottas.

The car has been working well the whole weekend and I’m happy with that, but I’m disappointed with the qualifying result,” he said.

Even though the wind made another appearance at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Raikkonen felt that the conditions were an improvement from those on Friday. It wasn’t enough, however, and multiple small errors amassed to leave him around three-tenths off the pace.

Track conditions were a bit tricky today, better than yesterday though,” he continued. “Although I felt I had a lot of speed I struggled here and there, making small mistakes, hitting the kerb, running wide, so I did not put a good lap together there.”

It appears that Ferrari are completely versed on tomorrow’s strategy, with numerous plans in place to counter any possible event. Raikkonen is the only driver in the top four who is yet to win a race, and it is a result that he probably needs to secure his future in the sport.

He is planning to put the lengthened DRS zone to good use and hopefully secure a strong, podium finish.

Tomorrow we’ll try again,” he added. “We can make hundreds of different plans for the race, but there’s no guarantee things will run as we wish.

“We know the strategies of our two cars, but we don’t know what the others will do. We’ll try to react in the right time and take the right decisions.

“The length of the DRS area has been increased: we don’t know if it will make a big difference, but it’s probably going to help a little bit.”

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