Raikkonen says crash didn't make a difference

By on Saturday, March 15, 2014
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Kimi Raikkonen says that he was not going to improve his position when he crashed out of qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen was attempting to progress through to Q3 when he lost control of his Ferrari F14 T and wiped the front off of his car.

"Qualifying wasn’t straightforward today, especially because of traffic," he said.

"When I was on a quick lap, I had a car in front of me at every corner.

"That stopped me getting a clean lap and at the end of Q2, I spun off damaging the front wing. I don’t think I’d have gone quicker anyway, as I had already reduced my speed at this point, because I knew already I wouldn’t make it to Q3.

"It’s a shame, because compared to yesterday we have made some steps forward. In the wet we were quick and I had more feeling for the car."

Raikkonen is nonetheless sure that Ferrari is heading in the right direction.

"We know we have a lot of work to do in every area, especially on car set-up, but at the same time, we are sure we are going in the right direction," he said.

"Tomorrow’s race will be tough, the weather forecast is unclear and on top of that, with the new rules, it’s hard to predict how things will go. But it’s only the first race of the year and we will do our best to get a good result."

Raikkonen will start Sunday's race from 11th on the grid.

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