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Räikkönen States That Qualifying Result was “Not A Disaster”

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Kimi Raikkonen - Belgian Grand Prix - F1
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Kimi Räikkönen admitted that sixth was not the place his Scuderia Ferrari should have finished in qualifying but is hoping for a better time during the race at the Belgian Grand Prix.

The Finnish driver had topped Free Practice 2 on Friday and hoped to have been in the mix for pole position and while qualifying wasn’t ideal, Räikkönen stresses it is not a “disaster”.

“The weekend so far had being going in the right direction and the car was fine,” said Räikkönen.  “The result of this qualifying is far from ideal, but not a disaster.

“For sure this is not the place we should have finished today.”

The rain arrived at the Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps just in time for Q3 and caused problems for all the drivers as they tried to be on track at the right time.

“In the end we only had fuel for one lap and we had to come in,” said the Finn.  “This is what we have got and there’s nothing we can do.

“It’s just a matter of getting it right and being there when the track is faster.”

Räikkönen knows he needs to get through the first corner unscathed on Sunday if he is to have any chance of fighting for a good result.

“At the moment, it is difficult to find a positive side, but the race is normally a different story and we’ll see what happens,” said Räikkönen.  “Tomorrow we’ll try again, learn from our mistakes and keep going.

“First of all we need to come through the first corner without any issues.  Yesterday it was surprisingly difficult to overtake, but in the race it is a different story.”

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