Tough time for Raikkonen: In the third wet qualifying out of four races so far this season, Fernando Alonso was fifth fastest, while Kimi Raikkonen had to settle for eleventh place. The Spaniard did not have much difficulty getting through to the final part of qualifying, but in the last 12 minute session, he struggled on his first run, while on his second set of intermediates, he set a time of 1.55.637.
Raikkonen had a much tougher time, failing to make the cut to Q3 by just 13 thousandths of a second, with a time of 1.56.860. The Finn got caught up in traffic, which wiped out any advantage from having fitted new tyres. Kimi ended up in a train of cars, which is always a problem in the wet as visibility is so restricted.
Lewis Hamilton took the 34th pole of his career for Mercedes. He will share the front row with Daniel Ricciardo in the Red Bull. Ahead of Alonso are Sebastian Vettel, third and Nico Rosberg fourth.
Pos Driver Team/Car Time Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m53.860s 2. Daniel Ricciardo Red Bull-Renault 1m54.455s +0.595s 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m54.960s +1.100s 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m55.143s +1.283s 5. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m55.637s +1.777s 6. Felipe Massa Williams-Mercedes 1m56.147s +2.287s 7. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Mercedes 1m56.282s +2.422s 8. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m56.366s +2.506s 9. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Renault 1m56.773s +2.913s 10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m57.079s +3.219s Q3 cut-off time: 1m56.847s 11. Kimi Raikkonen Ferrari 1m56.860s +2.831s* 12. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m56.963s +2.934s* 13. Daniil Kvyat Toro Rosso-Renault 1m57.289s +3.260s* 14. Adrian Sutil Sauber-Ferrari 1m57.393s +3.364s* 15. Kevin Magnussen McLaren-Mercedes 1m57.675s +3.646s* 16. Sergio Perez Force India-Mercedes 1m58.264s +4.235s* Q2 cut-off time: 1m58.411s 17. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m58.988s +3.472s** 18. Kamui Kobayashi Caterham-Renault 1m59.260s +3.744s** 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Ferrari 1m59.326s +3.810s** 20. Marcus Ericsson Caterham-Renault 2m00.646s +5.130s** 21. Max Chilton Marussia-Ferrari 2m00.865s +5.349s** 22. Pastor Maldonado Lotus-Renault
Kimi Raikkonen: “The past two days have been difficult, because after yesterday’s technical problem, this morning I also only did a single run, but overall, I felt more comfortable in the car. Unfortunately, on my last run in Q2, when I was on my quick lap, I lost a lot of time in the final sector and that meant I didn’t make the cut to Q3. The car’s handling was inconsistent, as it was stable in some parts of the track and less so in others. I had some problems with the balance and this had an effect on my performance. It’s too early to say what happened, but the time lost yesterday definitely didn’t help. Now I want to concentrate on tomorrow’s race and try my best to end this weekend with a good result.”
Raikkonen – Inconsistent handling: “The car’s handling was inconsistent, as it was stable in some parts of the track and less so in others. I had some problems with the balance and this had an effect on my performance. The past two days have been difficult, because after yesterday’s technical problem, this morning I also only did a single run, but overall, I felt more comfortable in the car. Unfortunately, on my last run in Q2, when I was on my quick lap, I lost a lot of time in the final sector and that meant I didn’t make the cut to Q3. It’s too early to say what happened, but the time lost yesterday definitely didn’t help. Now I want to concentrate on tomorrow’s race and try my best to end this weekend with a good result. I have had difficult years with other teams and with Ferrari. I think 2009 was even more worse. It’s not ideal but there is only one way that we can go. I’m sure we can make things better and make me happier and make better results.”
Pat Fry: “The weather forecast for today proved to be right and a light but persistent rain had a significant effect on both sessions. In the morning, we chose to run as little as possible so as not to use up the rain tyres in order to have as many new sets as possible for qualifying and the race. Kimi unfortunately did not get past Q2. Yesterday he lost the first free practice session and today he was fighting with the balance of the car, especially in the slow corners. As for Fernando, he managed to get through the three parts of qualifying without any particular problems and fifth place on the grid tomorrow will mean he can be in the leading group. With him, we will try and exploit any opportunity to attack while with Kimi we will try and move him up the order to take as many points as he can. In both cases, the opening two laps will hold the key.”
3 thoughts on “CHINA GP – QUALIFYING RESULTS”
I’m quite concerned with kimi’s career at Ferrari. One of the objective of hiring kimi was to score points, if that doesnt materialize then who would guarantee kimi’s future at maranelo. If they didnt have problems at kicking out stevano, then kimi could be next…
Alonso has made kimi look small and all the pre season predictions that kimi would be slower and would have problems lifting the team is unfortunely becoming a reality.
Yes well… according to italian journalist Turrini, there’s some in the team who are ‘against’ Kimi http://blog.quotidiano.net/turrini/2014/04/19/salvate-il-soldato-raikkonen/
i’m getting worried too…kimi is just not himself..i hope he scores well tomorrow..the problem is not just the car but that alonso is just far ahead in the same car,,,c’mon kimi..fight hard…you can see in his comments..that he’s trying to be positive..i hope he doesn;t lose interest…hang in there kimi…keep flying..