Raikkonen 'surprised' by front row slot

By on Saturday, September 5, 2015
Scuderia Ferrari

Scuderia Ferrari

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen admitted that he was surprised at having qualified on the front row of the grid at the Italian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen claimed his highest qualifying result since early 2013 as he edged ahead of team-mate Sebastian Vettel during the final Q3 run and will start behind only Mercedes rival Lewis Hamilton.

"It was the best qualifying of the year, I’m happy for all the team and the people who support us," Raikkonen said, referring to Ferrari's fans at its home event.

"This was the perfect time for us: obviously we’d like to get such a good result at every race, but if I have to choose one it’s here.

"Today was a good day, it gives us a good chance for the race, but this doesn’t mean that tomorrow we can beat everybody.

"We need to do a good job. I’m a bit surprised because we knew our weaknesses and the layout of this track, but everything worked well and we were closer to Mercedes than we what we expected."

Vettel will start from third position but is wary that Mercedes has substantial race pace compared to Ferrari.

"It puts us in a great position for tomorrow: it’s a bit of a surprise to be so close to Mercedes today, but we have to wait and see tomorrow," he said.

"We know that they will be very strong in the race and they will be the ones to beat if we want to win, but maybe with all the power from the tifosi we can have a surprise."

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