Kimi Raikkonen has admitted that a few mistakes on his flying lap in qualifying cost him a chance to progress to Q3 at Monza.
Kimi Raikkonen started the Italian Grand Prix weekend on a high, finishing in the top seven in each of the three practice sessions. However, in qualifying, he made a couple of mistakes which eventually prevented him putting on a good show in front of the Tifosis.
“After a definitely positive start to the weekend, today in qualifying, I was expecting a better result,’’ said Raikkonen who scored his best result of the season at Spa a fortnight ago. “I experienced some difficulties in the afternoon, as the car was harder to drive, I was struggling to find the right grip level and I was locking the fronts. That’s why, on my last run on the Medium tyres, I made a few small mistakes which prevented me getting further than Q2.”
The Finn originally qualified in 12th place but moves up one place on grid after Kvyat’s 10 place grid penalty for using more than five permitted engines in a season.
“Starting eleventh is not ideal but all the same, I will give it my best shot tomorrow. We know we are up against some very strong opponents, but the long run went well and even if the race is another matter, this factor means we can be confident. It will be very important to get off the line well and choose the best strategy. It would be very nice to produce a good result for all our fans who have come to support us here in Monza,’’ he added.
Scuderia’s director of engineering Pat Fry explained in detail as to why he missed out on Q3: “Unfortunately, with Kimi, we didn’t make it to Q3, which is a real shame after what had been his first trouble-free free practice sessions of the season. Today he suffered a lot with locking the front wheels and at the vital moment in Q2, he lost time going into Roggia.”
“With both compounds we experienced reasonably linear degradation, so even with the high temperatures expected tomorrow, it should not influence our strategy,’’ he pointed out.