Kimi Raikkonen says that improving his performance in qualifying is essential for his chances of competing at the front in next weekend’s Indian Grand Prix.
Raikkonen has struggled in qualifying since the summer break, with his best grid position coming in Belgium, when he set the eighth fastest time.
Raikkonen was lnocked out of Q2 in Italy and Singapore, but recovered to finish on the podium at the Marina Bay street circuit.
“Hopefully we finally get it right in qualifying as the last five qualifying sessions have not been that great for me,” he said.
“If we don’t, it’s going to be a difficult Sunday afternoon, although of course we’ll keep pushing. If we do get it right, then we can really go for it.”
Raikkonen also reckons that the Buddh circuit is one of the better circuits to have been built in recent years.
“It’s quite an interesting track; one of the better ones from the modern circuits,” he said.
“It’s quite similar to Korea; long straights, not terribly challenging corners and hard braking.”
“It’s not as technical as Korea which was another new track for me last year, but it’s good. It’s always nice to go to a new place like India.”