GP Belgio, commenti post qualifiche–24/08/2013
Kimi Räikkönen Confident of Sunday Progress at Spa
How was today for you?
We seemed to have good pace in the dry and we weren’t too bad in the wet in Q1. We were maybe a little unlucky with the timing and had we done one more lap we could have been a bit higher up as we were on Friday afternoon.
What are you hoping for in the race?
I don’t know how the weather will be but usually we go a bit better on Sundays, so let’s see what we can do in the race.
Any preference for the weather?
Dry is certainly better for our car and we see it every time, but we cannot choose the weather. If it’s mixed conditions, sometimes you get the timing right and you choose the correct tyre at the right time, but this can be luck also.
What’s possible tomorrow?
We’ve been in worse starting positions and here you’re able to overtake if you have the speed, so maybe we can do something. Tomorrow is another day so we’ll just have to wait and see what happens.
Belgian GP: Kimi Raikkonen ‘unlucky’ to qualify eighth at Spa
Kimi Raikkonen reckons he was simply ‘unlucky’ not to have made it across the line at the end of qualifying for a final lap when the track was at its best.
The Finn was pretty upbeat about the performance of his Lotus, but could manage no better than eighth after many of his rivals got a final lap in when conditions were drying up.
Raikkonen dropped down to eighth at the end – and he was in no doubt that his car could have done much better than that.
"Obviously we seem to have pretty good speed in the dry, and we are not too bad in the wet in Q1, but we were maybe unlucky with the timing," said Raikkonen.
"If we could have done one more lap we should have been a bit higher up."
When asked by AUTOSPORT about how close it was to making it across the line, Raikkonen said: "Not far.
"When I came out of the last corner I saw the lights went red – so it was maybe five seconds maximum.
"When it starts raining, you cannot plan those things. You either get it or not, and this time we didn’t. It was a shame as we had pretty good speed."
Despite starting on the fourth row, Raikkonen thinks that Lotus can set its sights on a strong performance in the race – and he does not believe that Mercedes and Red Bull are out of reach.
"If we look purely in the dry, and even Q2, we were fastest in second qualifying, so we could be up there," he said.
"In the wet we were not as fast, but in the first qualifying when the timing was right it wasn’t too bad.
"We improved for today quite a bit the car, since yesterday."
He added: "We have been in much worse starting positions and had good results, and here usually you are able to overtake if you have the speed. So everything is possible."