Kimi Raikkonen, Ferrari, Circuit of the Americas, 2017

Raikkonen takes consolation from starting on the clean side

2017 United States Grand Prix

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Kimi Raikkonen said he found it difficult to achieve a problem-free lap during qualifying.

After the first runs in Q1 the Ferrari driver was third-quickest with only the Mercedes drivers ahead of him. He improved his time on his final run but lost two places as other drivers also set better times.

Raikkonen said he thought he could have gone quicker. “It was a bit tricky,” he said. “I had some decent laps but never really had good places.”

“And then some laps the places were OK and others I struggled to get them right, losing lap time. So it was somehow a bit tricky to put one decent, good lap together.”

“It was not too bad, we tried to pull everything where we should be, it could have been a bit better but it is what it is today.”

However Raikkonen pointed out he will start on the racing line tomorrow, which could help him.

“To be honest I think I’d rather take fifth place,” he said. “In here it makes quite a big difference which side you are on usually, it’s the clean side.”

During Q3 Ferrari Ferrari had to power-cycle Raikkonen’s car to fix a problem with his tyre temperature display which wasn’t working during his first run. He told them he made “too many mistakes” on his first run.

After his final run Raikkonen was two-tenths slower than team mate Sebastian Vettel. He set an identical time to Daniel Ricciardo to within one-thousandth of a second but the Red Bull driver will start ahead because he set the lap time before Raikkonen did.

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  • 3 comments on “Raikkonen takes consolation from starting on the clean side”

    1. And he’ll make a good start, only to be taken out by that Mr. Compatriot of his.

      1. Or his team mate

    2. Hard to see a great performance from the old Kimi nowadays, he lost its eye of the tiger so far.
      I’m assuming he can’t or isn’t able to deliver more a great performance and extract 100% from machinery.
      Not for nothing most of (Italian) tifosi nicknamed him “the boiled” and “the retired”‘. A shame REDS Team Manager hasn’t balls as e.g. Helmut Marko to park him in (Wec?) and give room to Leclerc, who needs F1 mileage and now that the main game is over.

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