Raikkonen – Qualifying error unacceptable from Ferrari

GP UNGHERIA F1/2014

Kimi Raikkonen says the error that saw him eliminated from the opening part of qualifying in Hungary was simply unacceptable from a team of the calibre of Ferrari.

The Scuderia opted against sending the Finn out for a final run on the soft tyre, to preserve its tyre allocation for the remainder of the weekend, believing that Raikkonen’s time of 1:26.792 would be enough to see him safely into Q2.

However, the 2007 champion was eliminated in the final seconds of the opening session as Marussia racer and Ferrari starlet Jules Bianchi improved on his final run on the faster soft compound tyres, dropping Raikkonen to 17th.

The Finn admitted after qualifying that he had pressed to complete another run, but his team had opted against it, a mistake which ultimately cost him a spot in the second part of qualifying.

“The plan was to do another run but we never did,” Raikkonen explained to reporters following the session.

“The team told me, ‘we are fine, we don’t need to go out’.

“I questioned it a few times but they said there was no need, and obviously we can see the end result.

“As a team in Formula 1, as Ferrari, we shouldn’t make these kind of things. We are not in our first year, any of us.

“It’s not good for me, not good for the team, but mistakes have been made. People make mistakes, but obviously there are things we need to change to make it better.”

Despite the disappointment of being knocked out in the opening part of qualifying for the second time this year – both the Finn and his team-mate Fernando Alonso were eliminated at Silverstone – Raikkonen refrained from criticising the team, insisting he still trusts in the judgement of Ferrari.

“I’ve got trust in the team and I believe in the people,” he added. “I questioned it but I cannot go against advice.

“We are here as a team, we make decisions as a team and today the outcome was this.

“I don’t really see the point in shouting around. I’ve done mistakes in the past and will make more in the future.”

Image courtesy of Scuderia Ferrari

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