GP Italia, commenti post qualifiche–07/09/2013
Need For Speed: Kimi Raikkonen Q&A
Qualifying outside of the top ten for the Italian Grand Prix certainly wasn’t in the game plan for our Finn, who quickly gets to the root of the problem.
What went wrong today?
We were just not fast enough. We have been suffering a bit all weekend so far and it was the same today. It just isn’t our kind of circuit and layout where we have to run small wings. The car behaved pretty okay but we just didn’t have the downforce to go fast through the corners with our low drag package. Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit better but I’m not expecting any big surprises. In any case we will do the best we can.
Was the lack of pace a surprise?
I was expecting to have a difficult time of it here as we did last year and it was the same again today. Our car does not seem to like it when you take wing off it. We were as close as we could be to Q3 but that wasn’t enough.
What can be achieved tomorrow?
We are usually better in the race so it should be okay. It’s going to be hard to get on to the podium and we’re quite a way from the fastest cars here. We’ll do what we can and see what happens.
Italian GP: Raikkonen admits Lotus just too slow
Kimi Raikkonen said his Italian Grand Prix qualifying disappointment was a simple matter of Lotus being too slow in low-downforce trim.
The team failed to get a car into Q3 for the first time this year as Raikkonen and team-mate Romain Grosjean ended up only 11th and 13th.
"This is our speed," said Raikkonen. "I was expecting to have a difficult weekend because it was last year.
"It seems to be when you have to take a lot of wing out and run in this configuration, it’s not very good for us.
"We were close to getting into Q3 but I think the end result would’ve been very similar.
"We cannot run lower wings without suffering. The balance was not bad but we just did not have the grip.
"I think we are usually better in race conditions. But the others won’t have suddenly slowed down."
The Monza qualifying result follows Raikkonen’s first retirement of the year at Spa two weeks ago. That dropped him to fourth in the standings, 63 points behind leader Sebastian Vettel.
Raikkonen admitted that with Vettel on pole, his own title hopes were now fading.
"It looks like it. He’s far away again. We have not exactly been the fastest lately," said Raikkonen.