Struggling Raikkonen hoping for improvement

By on Saturday, October 5, 2013
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Kimi Raikkonen says a mistake on his hot lap in Q3 cost him a better grid slot for the Korean Grand Prix.

Raikkonen set the slowest time during the top 10 shootout, although he will be promoted one position courtesy of Mark Webber's penalty.

"I made a mistake on my only set of new tyres in the final qualifying session so my lap wasn’t fast enough for a better position, which eventually meant I ended up tenth and will start from ninth position tomorrow," he said.

"We’ve had a bit of understeer in the car so I’ve struggled a little all weekend. If you look at the long run pace yesterday we should have a stronger race, but obviously we have to see how the weather turns out. We hope to do better tomorrow."

Team-mate Romain Grosjean enjoyed a better day and will start the race from third place.

"Our aim was to be up there fighting with the Mercedes today and that’s exactly where we were," he said.

"The Red Bulls were always going to be quick, so to be reasonably close to them in terms of the times is not too bad. Gaining a place on the grid just because another driver has been penalised is not how you want to move forwards, but I’ve had to cope with it before myself and it’s part of the sport."

"Of course, it will be an advantage for us as it means we’ll start on the clean side of the track. Tomorrow will be interesting in terms of what effect the tyre degradation has, but our race pace looked strong yesterday so we’re aiming for a good result."


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