“It was almost enough…”
Kimi: car good for 3rd, lap just wasn’t perfect
Kimi Raikkonen: “It was a pretty good qualifying, the car has behaved well all day. Today we went a lot faster than we had been in practice, we did our best and it was almost enough for third place, but my last lap was not perfect in some places. It’s hard to say if we’ll be able to fight with the Mercedes tomorrow: usually in race conditions we are a bit closer, but I’m sure they will also be very strong. Tomorrow we can only do our best, we’ll try to make a good start and then we’ll see.”
Seb thinks work done will help in the race
Sebastian Vettel: “I’m not really happy with the result. I was struggling a bit with the balance of the car to start with. In the end it was good, but then in the last lap I had a bit of a messy last sector. I saw a bit of smoke from Verstappen ahead, enough to lose a bit of concentration. After this morning we were expecting a bit more, not really to fight the Mercedes, but to beat Red Bulls. I don’t think we were any slower, but we didn’t get the lap together when it mattered, probably we were a bit on the aggressive side trying to anticipate the track conditions. For tomorrow it should be positive, for tonight it was a bit too much. Otherwise the car feels good, we managed to improve it today. Mercedes are a bit far away, but we hope to get ahead and be in front of Red Bulls tomorrow. We are on the softer compound, which should give us an advantage off the line and for the first lap.”
Veremos o que dá para fazer amanhã né? A briga vai novamente ser com os carros da Red Bull uma vez que as Mercedes estão com outras preocupações para o domingo de encerramento da F1 2016.
Em termos de classificação, na batalha entre companheiros de equipe, Kimi ficou à frente de Vettel por conta da melhor posição de hoje.
Já no campeonato Vettel está 19 pontos à frente do Iceman, mas eu acredito que estes números não refletem o desempenho da pista de forma justa pois neste ano Kimi fez um mundial melhor do que o do companheiro.