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Raikkonen not satisfied with F14 T's handling

The Finnish driver says the cars handling prevented him from qualifying higher.
Saturday, June 7, 2014

7th June, 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Kimi Raikkonen says he is not happy with the F14 T’s handling after qualifying 10th for the Canadian Grand Prix.

All weekend, I haven’t been completely satisfied with the handling of my car and again today in qualifying I found it difficult.” Raikkonen said.

The Finnish driver made only one run during Q3, which netted him eighth place at the time as the car was sliding a lot. Other drivers were able to put in fastest laps before the end of the session which resulted in Raikkonen qualifying 10th.

“On my only run in Q3, I went out on a new set of Supersofts, but my F14 T was sliding a lot and I couldn’t put together a good lap.” he said.

Maybe I could have been one or two places higher up, but I don’t think it would have changed much.”

Raikkonen is expecting a tough race tomorrow as the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve does not suit the Ferrari.

“Even if the updates we tried yesterday worked, we knew it wouldn’t be easy: probably this is one of the tracks that least suits the characteristics of our car.”

“I expect a very long race tomorrow, in which anything could happen. We will try and get a good start and then give it our all.”

Fernando Alonso, who will start seventh on the grid, says their qualifying performance reflects a trend he’s seen all season.

“The result of qualifying reflects the trend we have seen since the start of the season. As often happens, even if on Friday we are front runners, on Saturday we struggle a bit more.” Alonso said.

The double world champion says the upgrade package the Maranello based team brought to Canada had worked and said Mercedes dominance was not a surprise.

“The development package we have brought here in Canada has worked well, the car has improved and I am pleased about that, even if at the moment we are unable to extract all the potential out of the car.” he said.

“Mercedes’ dominance today was not a surprise and the Red Bulls and Williams also did better than us.”

Alonso is expecting a difficult race due to the overtaking difficulties at the track and tyre degradation.

“I think tomorrow’s race will not be easy, as it is hard to overtake at the start here, because there is not enough room through the first two corners."

“We will also have to do a good job of managing tyre degradation and of choosing the right number of stops.”

“It’s been much hotter than yesterday and the tyre that seemed to be the best to race on, the Soft, today appeared less suited to the conditions than the Supersoft.”

“If, as expected, the hot weather continues, the choice will move towards the latter and that will mean making one more stop.”

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