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Not great for Ferrari in Barcelona qualifying

Raikkonen and Alonso will start from the sixth and seventh respectively for the Spanish GP.
Saturday, May 10, 2014

May 10, 2014 (F1plus).- It wasn't a good qualifying round for the red team as both drivers could only go as up as sixth on the hands of Kimi Raikkonen with his teammate, Fernando Alonso, just one spot below.

Track conditions were not the best, there was not enough grip, add to that having the hardest tyre compounds; for sure, it was a challenge. That said, those were the conditions for all 22 drivers.

As such the team from Maranello could not make an impact and has to focus on strategy and tyre management, while looking to jump places from the start given how hard is to overtake in Barcelona.

Even though Raikkonen was able to out-qualify Alonso for first time this year, he wasn't a happy man.

“We can’t be pleased with sixth place, because naturally we want to be fighting for the top places. But compared to the last race, we have managed to solve some problems and have improved the feeling I have from the car.

"Tomorrow, the goal is to get a good start and then have a normal race. Of course, we will also need a good strategy and we will have to keep an eye on our tyre management. It won’t be easy, but we are definitely going to fight.”

“This wasn’t a good qualifying session, but the outcome was more or less what we could". The Finnish and 2007 champion said.

The most loved man in the circuit, Fernando Alonso was unable to deliver for his fans, and a seventh was the best he could take out of his Ferrari F14-T.

"I'd definitely have liked to be starting from further up, but that’s how it went today, we weren’t quick enough and now we must think about tomorrow and try to make up some places to score as many points as possible.

The Spaniard recognizes that not all updates are working well as expected, so the team needs to work hard on those that do.

"Of the updates we brought here, some worked, while others need further testing. There is a definite improvement compared to China, but we have some problems with the rear, despite the many set-up changes we made.

"Now we must find the best strategy for tomorrow and try to get a good start. But above all, we mustn’t make any mistakes, because this race demands a high level of concentration.” Said the two-time champion, Fernando Alonso.

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