Third and fourth place for Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen on tomorrow’s starting grid had been the result of a tense qualifying session for the Austrian Grand Prix. However, the German driver involuntarily impeded Carlo Sainz in the Renault during Q2 and the Stewards imposed a three place grid penalty on the Ferrari driver. It means that Kimi is promoted to P3 on the grid.
“Obviously, it’s not the ideal result, but it’s a rather decent one.” – the Finnish driver said at the end of the qualifying earlier today – “It has been a pretty straightforward and consistent day. I struggled a little bit with understeer in the last few corners to get the car to turn and carry the speed into the corner, but apart from that it was ok. For sure there are always things to improve and you can always go faster; today we did our best, but it was not enough. Tomorrow is a different day, we know that sometimes qualifying is different from the race. We’ll start on different tires to our competitors, so it will be interesting to see how it pans out. This is quite a special circuit, lap time is very short so we expect everybody to be very close. As for overtaking, it’s supposed to be easier with an additional DRS zone. Let’s hope we have a stronger day on Sunday.” – Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen concluded.