Raikkonen questioned Ferrari Q1 strategy

By on Saturday, July 26, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen says he questioned Ferrari's strategy during the first knockout segment of qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix, in which he was eliminated by Marussia's Jules Bianchi.

Raikkonen and team-mate Fernando Alonso attempted to get through Q1 using only the Prime tyres, expecting the elimination spots to be filled by the Caterham and Marussia drivers after the early demise of Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado.

But Bianchi improved on Options to knock Raikkonen out by just 0.064s and as a result, the Finn will start the race from 17th position.

"The plan was to go out but the team said we are fine, I questioned it a few times to be 100% sure," he told Sky Sports F1.

"The end result is what we can see.

"Yesterday afternoon [and] this morning it was a bit difficult with the hard to get grip, the soft [has] been quicker all weekend."

Alonso went on to qualify fifth but admitted that Ferrari's strategy in Q1 was wrong.

"Today it was a little bit not lucky situation for Kimi, we saw Hamilton and Maldonado out so we thought just beat Marussia and Caterham, [we were] surprised a bit with track evolution and Bianchi," he said. "It was unlucky.

The Spaniard is hopeful that he can fight with Red Bull and Williams during Sunday's race.

"P5 on the clean side is good for us, good possibility of a result dry or wet, we can be competitive," he said. "I think at the moment we are behind Williams and Red Bull possibly, so some circuits [it's] a bit better, some circuits a bit worse. We have two Red Bulls ahead, one Williams ahead one behind, hopefully we go into the battle and get some points."

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