Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen made no secret of his disappointment after taking only fifth place in the qualifying session for the 2017 Mexican Grand Prix on Saturday held at the Hermanos Rodriguez Circuit, adding that the session was “pretty poor”. As his Scuderia Ferrari German teammate Sebastian Vettel swept to his fourth pole position of the 2017 Formula One championship after a stunning final lap in Q3 to edge out Red Bull’s Max Verstappen and Mercedes’ Lewis Hamilton, Kimi Raikkonen struggled to fifth place in the final classification with a lap in 1’17”238, three-quarters of a second back from his teammate. Both drivers ran Supersoft and Ultrasoft tyres.
Asked to comment on what happened in qualifying, the 2007 Formula One world champion called it “pretty poor”, saying: “I struggled to put any decent laps together. I just tried to put one lap together in the end, but it was not easy. Obviously it was very difficult to put any decent laps together, made a mistake here, a mistake there and was lacking grip. In the end I tried to put one lap together to get somewhere and that’s it. The race should be OK, but on one lap I struggled for grip, so we will see.” – Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen, as reported earlier today by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport.