Small error costs Raikkonen

By on Saturday, October 12, 2013
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen says a small error on his hot lap in Q3 cost him time during qualifying for the Japanese Grand Prix.

Raikkonen will start the race on Sunday from ninth place on the grid.

"The car has felt much better here than it has in recent races; even if we don’t have a better position on the grid for tomorrow," he said.

"A small mistake on my quick lap cost me a little bit of time and it’s very close here, so a small amount lost can mean quite a few positions dropped. We’ll have to see what happens in the race, but the car has certainly been more to my liking this weekend so the position on the grid is not a drama."

Team-mate Romain Grosjean starts from fourth place on the grid as he bids for a second successive podium.

"The Red Bulls have looked very strong and we knew it would be tight with Lewis [Hamilton] for P3, so I think we did a good job to take P4," he said.

"The car feels much better than it did yesterday; especially on the hard tyres which we had been struggling with previously but were then fastest with in Q1 today. The team worked hard to address this overnight and we’ve shown great progress through the weekend once again. It’s a tight, technical circuit, the wind is still making things tricky and it should stay pretty hot, so it’ll be interesting to see what we can do in the race. I’m feeling pretty good."


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