Formula 1

Kimi Räikkönen: “We did our best, but it was not enough”

1 Mins read
Kimi Räikkönen - Scuderia Ferrari
Credit: Octane Photographic Ltd

Kimi Räikkönen felt the Qualifying result at the Red Bull Ring was a decent one for him, but he was displeased to see the gap that he had compared to the two pace-setting Mercedes AMG Petronas Motorsport drivers on the front row.

The Scuderia Ferrari driver was fourth fastest in the session but will start in third after team-mate Sebastian Vettel was handed a grid penalty for blocking Carlos Sainz Jr., but the Finn was more than half a second away from the pole position time set by countryman Valtteri Bottas.

“Obviously, it’s not the ideal result, but it’s a rather decent one,” said Räikkönen. “It has been a pretty straightforward and consistent day.

“I struggled a little bit with understeer in the last few corners to get the car to turn and carry the speed into the corner, but apart from that it was ok. For sure there are always things to improve and you can always go faster; today we did our best, but it was not enough.”

Räikkönen knows being strong in Qualifying doesn’t necessarily mean the race pace will be as good, and like in France last weekend, both he and team-mate Vettel will start on a different compound of tyre to their rivals, with the Ultrasoft the tyre of choice for both Ferrari drivers compared to the Supersoft for both Bottas and Lewis Hamilton.

“Tomorrow is a different day, we know that sometimes qualifying is different from the race,” admitted the Finn.  “We’ll start on different tyres to our competitors, so it will be interesting to see how it pans out.

“This is quite a special circuit, lap time is very short so we expect everybody to be very close. As for overtaking, it’s supposed to be easier with an additional DRS zone. Let’s hope we have a stronger day on Sunday.”

13769 posts

About author
Long time motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1 and the occassional other series. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
Formula 1

PREVIEW: 2024 FIA Formula 1 Hungarian Grand Prix

2 Mins read
Formula 1 heads to Budapest for the Hungarian Grand Prix this weekend! Mercedes are in form, but Verstappen and Norris will be fighting back. Tight midfield battles are heating up too as the Hungaroring challenges teams and drivers. Read our preview to find out more ahead of the weekend!
Formula 1

RB vs Haas: The Battle for Sixth

5 Mins read
With the F1 season halfway through, the fight for sixth in the Constructors’ Championship is intensifying between Visa Cash App RB and MoneyGram Haas F1 Team. Haas’ recent resurgence, fueled by car upgrades and strong driver performances, has closed the gap on RB who are struggling with a problematic upgrade package. The battle is set to be thrilling, with potential driver changes adding another layer of intrigue.
Formula 1

3 Talking Points from the 2024 British Grand Prix

4 Mins read
The 2024 British Grand Prix saw Lewis Hamilton return to the top step for the first time since 2021, but what other talking points came from the weekend? We discuss Mercedes’ resurgence, Lando Norris’ missed opportunity, and Sergio Perez’s growing pressure.