With team mate Sebastian Vettel last on the grid after technical problems stopped the German setting a qualifying time on Saturday, Raikkonen was Ferrari’s best hope of a strong race result. However, it was clear that the Finn had problems as he drove to the grid, telling his crew he had no battery charge.
Once on the grid, mechanics worked frantically on his car, removing the engine cover on the SF70H. It was back on in time, and the team looked to have resolved matters. However, a couple of minutes prior to the formation lap, Raikkonen was hurriedly pushed back to the garage, from which he never emerged.
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