Raikkonen blames team for Q1 drop out

By on Saturday, June 20, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen says that miscommunication between him and his Ferrari squad resulted in his elimination from the first knockout segment of qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen tumbled down the order as the circuit dried in Q1 following earlier rain and pitted towards the end of the session.

As rivals improved, Raikkonen was pushed down to 18th place, though will start from 14th position due to rivals' engine penalties.

"It has been a very bad Saturday and this result will not help us tomorrow," he said.

"When I went out for my last run in Q1, the team informed me that I could do three timed laps, but then the plan was changed and I did not get the information.

"Therefore we missed one lap completely and I was knocked out. The point is that I was sent out too late and that cost us a lot.

"Obviously my starting position is not ideal; we should have been much higher up, I’m sure we could have fought at the front."

Raikkonen said his priority on Sunday is to avoid contact at the first corner.

"Tomorrow we should have the speed we need, but you never know what happens in the race," he said.

"In the first lap it will be better to stay away of problems because there is a much bigger chance of something happening in the first few corners.

"There is a long straight, but also two corners which can be tricky if you happen to be in the middle of the pack.

"Then we’ll try to maximise our result. Until now it has been a pretty good weekend, the car is handling well: we’ll try to do our best and see what we can do."

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