Raikkonen turns the air blue after frustrating qualifying
SPIELBERG, Austria (AP) — Driving in the red of Ferrari, Kimi Raikkonen turned the air blue after a poor result in qualifying for the Austrian Grand Prix on Saturday.
Raikkonen looked good when he posted the third fastest times in all three practice sessions, but after failing to even make it into Q2 his frustration spilled over.
An exasperated Raikkonen — the 2007 Formula One champion — used an expletive when asking his engineer over race radio how “is that possible?” to finish way down in 18th.
With 220 grand prix and 20 wins to his name, he expected much better, especially after his form in practice.
The 35-year-old Finn blamed his team.
“I got some information and obviously it was wrong,” said Raikkonen, who will nevertheless move up the grid because of penalties to four other drivers. “The point is they sent me out too late, and obviously it cost us a lot.”
Raikkonen, who showed glimpses of his old form when he finished second at the Bahrain GP in April, explained he was in the dark about changing team orders early in his qualifying run.
“There was a mistake at some point. The plan changed but I was never told,” he said. “Obviously, it is not ideal. We should be much higher up, we should be fighting at the front.”
Ferrari’s speed, however, should see him peg back at least a few drivers on Sunday, providing he steers clear of trouble on the Red Bull Ring’s testing track.
“I guess we should have speed, but you never know what happens in the race,” he said. “You have much bigger chances of something happening in the first two corners.”