GP d’India, commenti post qualifiche–26/10/2013
Steady Progress for Kimi Räikkönen in India
It’s P6 on the grid for our Finn tomorrow. How far can he work up the order? We asked the man himself…
How was qualifying for you?
It wasn’t an ideal qualifying session and I’m still having some problems with understeer, but the car did feel better overall than yesterday. The tyres are a challenge and have to be managed over a full lap for qualifying so we are where we are on the grid.
Have you made changes to the car since yesterday?
Obviously we made some changes, but there are certain things we can’t change so it’s still not exactly as we want. That’s how it is.
How long can you make the soft tyres last?
Let’s see tomorrow. I have no answers today.
Any predictions for the race?
We’ll see what happens and I’ll try to do as well as I can. Overall, the car feels slightly better than in the last few races; still not where we want it to be, but slightly better. Usually we do better in the race than we qualify so we’ll just have to see what happens.
Indian GP: Raikkonen making progress with camber issues
Kimi Raikkonen believes he has made some progress in improving his qualifying performances even though he still cannot get the car to handle as he wants it to.
The Finn was sixth fastest in qualifying for the Indian Grand Prix, his best position on Saturday since he took fourth at the Nurburgring in July.
Raikkonen revealed yesterday that the camber and pressure limits introduced at the German GP have held him back, but while he is not happy there have been some gains.
When asked by AUTOSPORT if qualifying is back to normal, he replied: "No, I don’t think so.
"The issues are still there but it’s maybe a little bit less.
"We can go much faster but we have to do those things [change restricted settings].
"Overall, it was a little bit better, but it’s still not as I want it. There are still some issues."
The 2007 world champion is hopeful of being able to contend for a podium finish from his place on the third row.
In the last three races, he has finished in the top five every time, twice on the podium, even though he started no higher than ninth.
"Usually we go better in the race, so that’s the aim and we have to see what happens tomorrow," he said.
"There are a lot of different ways of doing the race, differences with the tyres, so we will see how it goes.
"You cannot plan the race as there are a lot of things you cannot plan, the start, safety cars.
"You try to make the best decisions where it comes and see where we are."