When Spa specialist Kimi Raikkonen topped two of the three practice sessions heading into qualifying, it looked like he might be able to mount a serious challenge for pole. In the end however a combination of mistakes and 'unusual vibrations' took their toll and the four-time Belgium winner ended up fourth. So how does the Finn rate his race chances? After the session he spoke to reporters...
Q: Kimi, you had a good run in FP3 but were complaining about vibrations on the rear for the start of qualifying. Were you able to identify what it was, and have you been able to fix it?
Kimi Raikkonen: Well, the team must have fixed it somehow as it was worse at the start. In the course of qualifying it got less severe, then it disappeared just to come back towards the very end. Yes, it was a bit confusing, as you always want [a session] to be straightforward without hiccups but in the end it was fine. The last run was not ideal but I would say that P4 is an acceptable result.
Q: Sebastian (Vettel) thanked you for giving him a tow on his final lap. Was that what the team had asked or was that your own decision?
KR: Don’t make a story out of that! I had a mistake and was coming back and if I can help I will do it and it cost me absolutely nothing. There is no other story behind it.
Q: Was there anything wrong with your qualifying that you would have wished to change?
KR: No, just the vibrations, we don’t know where they were coming from. Sometimes you have that from the tyres that you are a bit off balance, but we haven’t been too concerned as we had a pretty good running all weekend long, up until qualifying. Sure, something happening in qualifying is not something that you really look forward to. So qualifying could have been better but it also could have been much worse. Yes I was looking for better things as I thought that we had the right package all weekend long but that’s sometimes how things go. The good news is that we have good pace.
Q: The situation that spoiled your last lap – can you say where that was?
KR: In Turn 9 I struggled a bit with the tyre temperature. I pushed and then I got sideways and that was pretty much the end of the story. It was my mistake, period.