Kimi: one of the best qualifying performances this year
After equalling his best qualifying performance of the season to date at the Valencia Street Circuit this afternoon Kimi is in positive spirits, and with good reason. The Iceman has shown strong race pace at every venue so far in 2012, and with conditions suiting the E20 the Finn is looking nowhere but up…
Q: Kimi, how was qualifying for you today?
KR: It’s one of the best qualifying performances for us so far this year. We did get the same position before in Malaysia but we had a penalty and didn’t start from there so it’ll be nice to actually sit in P5 on the grid this time. With another tenth from my lap I could have been in second place so you can see how close it is.
Q: How easy will it be to move up the order here?
KR: For sure it’s not that easy to overtake, but if someone ahead is struggling with their tyres then you have a better chance. Our car has always been good on tyres in the race so that could give us an advantage.
Q: What are you thinking in terms of race strategy?
KR: We have to start with the soft tyres we used in qualifying and we’ve looked okay on long runs with them. From there we’ll just have to see what happens.
Q: How is the car improving?
KR: We’re making small improvements with the steering and we’ve found some other things to make the car a bit easier to drive so we are certainly going in the right direction. For us it’s better to be hot than cold, so hopefully it will stay hot and that should help us get the best from the car.
Video: Q3 lap onboard Raikkonen