Scuderia Ferrari Finnish driver Kimi Raikkonen was pleased with his run to second place in the Formula 1 qualifying session for the British Grand Prix on Saturday, adding that the Ferrari SF70H car was “the best it has been this weekend”.
Kmi Raikkonen arrived at Silverstone under pressure after Ferrari CEO and chairman Sergio Marchionne called on him to show more commitment, having made a rocky start to the season and scored less than half the points of team-mate Sebastian Vettel. However, Kimi had a positive performance in qualifying and managed to take second place, qualifying ahead of the current Formula One leader and finishing half a second shy of pole-sitter Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton, Sebastian’s main title rival.
The Finn was pleased with his display given the greasy track conditions after early rain in Q1, as well as taking heart from the progress Ferrari has made with its car over the weekend: “It felt OK. Conditions were not easy, changing a lot, but the car we had was the best it has been this weekend. Not quite fast enough for first place. We try to make a good race and catch up in the points.” – Kimi Raikkonen said, as reported by Italian national sports newspaper based in Rome Corriere dello Sport at the end of the qualifying session. The 2007 Formula 1 world champion hopes that Scuderia Ferrari’s added strength in race trim compared to Mercedes will give him and Sebastian Vettel the chance to battle with Lewis Hamilton at the front on Sunday as he chases his second podium of the year:
“From what we have seen in the past, it’s a different story in qualifying and the race for them. For us there’s not so much of a difference, so let’s see tomorrow. It’s always the same story, but we can run the same settings in the race.” – Kimi Raikkonen concluded.