GP Cina, commenti post qualifiche–19/04/2014
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Raikkonen bemoans ‘inconsistent’ Ferrari
Kimi Raikkonen said his Ferrari’s unpredictable handling was to blame for his poor showing during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.
Raikkonen will start from 11th on the grid in Sunday’s race after failing to make the top-ten shootout at the Shanghai International Circuit. He said the car was catching him out and that he lost too much time in the final sector of the lap on his final run in Q2.
"The car’s handling was inconsistent, as it was stable in some parts of the track and less so in others," Raikkonen said. "I had some problems with the balance and this had an effect on my performance. The past two days have been difficult, because after yesterday’s technical problem, this morning I also only did a single run, but overall, I felt more comfortable in the car.
"Unfortunately, on my last run in Q2, when I was on my quick lap, I lost a lot of time in the final sector and that meant I didn’t make the cut to Q3. It’s too early to say what happened, but the time lost yesterday definitely didn’t help. Now I want to concentrate on tomorrow’s race and try my best to end this weekend with a good result."
Raikkonen has struggled to put a solid weekend together since returning to Ferrari this year, but said his last season with the team in 2009, in which he still managed to win a race, was even worse.
"I have had difficult years with other teams and with Ferrari. I think 2009 was even more worse. It’s not ideal but there is only one way that we can go. I’m sure we can make things better and make me happier and make better results."
Chinese GP: Kimi Raikkonen finding weekend ‘painful’
Kimi Raikkonen described his Chinese Grand Prix weekend as "painful" thus far, after failing to make it into the top 10 in qualifying.
The Finn lost most of Friday’s dry free practice sessions to technical problems with his Ferrari and failed to graduate to the final segment of qualifying for the second time in four races on Saturday.
He will start 11th for Sunday’s race at Shanghai, after struggling with the gearshifts on his F14 T.
"It’s been a pretty painful couple of days," said Raikkonen.
"In the morning [free practice] it felt a bit better but obviously it didn’t turn out to be a very good day. But that’s how it goes.
"[I had] some issues upsetting things with the gearshift. It felt OK at some points but I lost quite a lot of time in the last sector.
"It’s been a pretty bad weekend so far. I didn’t get much running yesterday and it seems to get more difficult all the time. I don’t really understand why.
"There are moments it feels pretty good but then days like this.
"I’m sure there is something we can do to get things running nicely all the time, but obviously the issues we had yesterday didn’t help to start with.
"[It’s] not easy with the weather to pick it up and turn it around. It looks pretty bad right now, but I have had difficult years with other teams and with Ferrari – I think 2009 was even worse.
"[It’s] not ideal, but there’s only one way we can go and I’m sure we can turn it around."