Raikkonen caught out by first corner

By on Saturday, June 21, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen says that the uphill right hand first corner at the Red Bull Ring repeatedly caused him problems during qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen progressed through to Q3 but made an error at turn one on his hot lap and ended the session in eighth position.

"I was struggling with the first corner a lot [and] I couldn't get it right," he said.

"I knew I had three laps so I tried to do it again but on the last lap I just locked an outside wheel for some reason and flat-spotted the front left. It was pretty much done at that point.

"So it was at the first corner and after that I lost a lot of time there with a lot of vibrations in a straight line and I just did the lap to get a time.

"It was disappointing and difficult to get a single lap together the whole weekend. The speed wasn't too bad if I'd put a lap together but it's just been a big struggle to do that. In the end it wasn't a complete disaster but not where I want to be."

Raikkonen is sure that he has the potential to achieve a better result in Sunday's race.

"It's better in the race to get the tyres working," he assured.

"That seems to be difficult for me [in qualifying] and it's not just this weekend, but it seems to get a bit more easy in the race."

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