Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen will start Sunday’s Austrian Grand Prix at the Red Bull Ring from 4th place following an extremely tricky qualifying session due to the inclement weather conditions.
The Iceman was promoted from sixth place on the grid as a result of grid penalties for Nico Rosberg and his team mate Sebastian Vettel. Speaking following the session the Iceman who goes into the race in fourth place in the championship on 81 points commented by saying:
Today a lot of things happened. In Q3 the rain came, but by the end of the session the track was drying up, so it was difficult to know if it was ready for dry or wet tires. When the conditions got a bit tricky, we did not get it right because of many little things and did not manage to put a good lap together when it mattered. It is a bit disappointing to finish sixth, I felt there was more to come, but with the guys in front being penalized it’s not too bad. The car has been handling well all weekend, in dry and wet conditions and we had the speed, so I expect it will be ok. Tomorrow it will be a difficult day for everybody, the conditions will dictate a lot how long the tires will last, it will be a key point. We’ll try to do a lot better than today
Sebastian Vettel will start the race from ninth place following a gearbox change out of sequence and as a result starts the race from ninth place and speaking following the race he commented by saying:
The car was very good, very strong all day. I don’t think anything was missing, the only thing missing was time. 4th place is ok, puts us to 9th tomorrow, but it’s not ideal because it all came down to the last lap. The track was surprisingly dry, maybe drier than I expected, with hindsight I should have taken more risks. It didn’t come down to the pace, or the car, it came down to the driver, and the three drivers that were in front of me took more risks. The later you crossed the line, the better it was. For tomorrow everything can happen, maybe there will be some rain, it will be significantly cooler and it will matter how you look after the tyres. We are in a good place and it is a shame for the result, because I thought it could be a good session today. The car was really good to drive and I thought we could be closer to the top. About the kerbs, it’s clear that you’d better not touch them, and I think for next year we need to find a solution, but for tomorrow there’s nothing that can be done.