Raikkonen questioned Ferrari’s Q1 call

Raikkonen questioned Ferrari’s Q1 call

Kimi Raikkonen has revealed that he questioned Ferrari’s decision not to complete a final run in today’s first qualifying segment at the Hungaroring.

The Finn did not return to the track in the closing minutes, as the team felt he would safely progress to the second session. However, the plan backfired with a late improvement from Jules Bianchi knocking him into the drop-zone.

He was confident that a strong grid position was possible, but says Ferrari must learn from the mistakes made and make sure it doesn’t happen in the future.

“The plan was to go out,” he said. “Obviously I struggled with the harder tyres this morning and yesterday afternoon, to put a good lap in those.

“The car was been good on the softer tyres. That was the plan and then the team said that we were fine and didn’t need to go out. I questioned it a few times and they said there was no need, obviously we can see the end result.

“As Ferrari, we should not make these kind of things [mistakes]. It is not an easy time.”

He added: “The whole weekend has been pretty good. Not really any issues, only small things but those can happen any time. On the softer tyres we have been good and I think this morning wasn’t every clean anyhow, so I had a good belief that I could be in a very good position.

“But obviously, when we f*** up in the first qualifying, it is the end of story. It is painful but like I said before, it is part of the thing [F1] and we have to look for reasons, make decisions and fix things.”

The Finn wasn’t the only big name to be eliminated in Q1, with Lewis Hamilton dropping out with a fuel leak problem. Meanwhile his team-mate Fernando Alonso will line up for tomorrow’s race in fifth.

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Jack Leslie

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