Raikkonen laments engine problem in Q3

By on Saturday, September 20, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen was left to lament an engine problem which scuppered his progress during qualifying for the Singapore Grand Prix.

Raikkonen had been a frontrunner throughout the session but as he was set to begin his final flying lap, an engine issue affected his F14T and he was forced to return to the pits.

Raikkonen's first lap nonetheless left him seventh on the grid.

"We struggled a bit at the beginning of the weekend, this morning we changed the car and it was to my liking," he told Sky Sports.

"Then we got hit by the problem, it’s a shame as we could have done a good job today. It’s racing and unfortunately it happens.

"We'll just try and sort it out and keep pushing and improving things.

"We didn’t have any data so we think it’s electronic issue, no power and it was cutting when I went full power, hopefully it’s not a big problem."

Team-mate Fernando Alonso was fifth quickest and encouraged by Ferrari's narrow deficit to pole position.

"Obviously we’ve been competitive in free practice, qualifying we seem to lose ground normally but today we remain competitive which is good news," he said.

"It’s fifth, but it’s a very good fifth, only two tenths from pole. It gives us a possibility to fight with the leaders and hopefully we can have a good opportunity."

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