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Raikkonen: ‘I trust the team’

The Finn reflects on a disappointing qualifying in Hungary.
Saturday, July 26, 2014

 

HUNGARORING, 26th July 2014 (F1Plus / Katie Grimmett) - Despite initially showing good pace in free practice sessions this weekend, Kimi Raikkonen qualified in 17th after the team’s decision to pit cost him a chance to improve. 

 

Raikkonen may sit out of position for the race but the 34 year old remains encouraged by their pace this weekend.

 

The team have battled with their one lap pace all year. After his disappointing qualifying, the enigmatic Finn insisted he still trusts his team and is not reeling from the fallout of their error.

 

“The rest were good laps and this set out a foundation for the rest of the weekend,” he explained. “It’s not good for me, it’s not good for the team but has a mistake has been made”. 

 

“I trust the team”. 

 

The Ferrari driver will now rely on the expected wet conditions during tomorrow’s race in order to gain a strong points haul this weekend.

 

Speaking after his qualifying session, Raikkonen admitted that a mistake has been made. 

 

“The plan was to go out. Obviously I struggled a bit with the harder tyres this morning and yesterday afternoon,” he told gathered journalists.

 

“That was the plan but we decided not to go out”.

 

As the season reaches its midway point and the rumour mill continues to spiral, the 2007 champion insists that the error in judgement is not a factor determining his future plans. Raikkonen is expected to stay with the team for at least another year. 

 

“It is not consideration for a contract”, he maintained when questioned.

 

"I’ve had a lot of success with Ferrari. It has happened before but we try to make less mistakes. We do not have any major issues, just small things”.

 

Raikkonen currently sits twelfth in the championship standings after ten races.

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