Raikkonen and d'Ambrosio hoping to move forwards

By on Saturday, September 8, 2012

Kimi Raikkonen has said that he is optimistic of improving on his qualifying position in the Italian Grand Prix.

The Finnish driver has made the podium in the previous three events and lies fourth in the championship.

"We didn’t have the speed today but at least we are in the top ten. We’ve been in more or less the same position all weekend so today’s pace was not a big surprise", said Raikkonen, who will start from seventh.

"It’s a long race and usually we are a bit stronger in race conditions. It is possible to overtake here so let’s see what happens tomorrow."

Jérôme d'Ambrosio, deputising for the banned Romain Grosjean, faced a battle to make it out of Q1 and eventually ended up in fifteenth.

"I have mixed feelings really to be honest. I progressed through to Q2 but it’s frustrating not to have done a bit better as I’m really close in the second and third sectors but I’ve struggling a bit in the first since yesterday", said the Belgian.

"About 60-70% of the difference to Kimi is lost there, so there’s a lot of time to be found in just two corners ; we need to work on that for tomorrow. There’s a lot to take in for me this weekend so it’s not too bad, but I would have liked a bit more"

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