Räikkönen rues mistakes on Q3 lap
5 October 2013 – Lotus driver Kimi Räikkönen was left to rue a sloppy lap in the final qualifying phase at the Korea International Circuit on Saturday afternoon, an effort that left him 10th on the starting grid before the application of Red Bull rival Mark Webber's 10-place penalty.
The Finn, who started his sole attempt in the closing stages of the session, had shown encouraging pace through the first sector of the lap but suffered lock-ups at Turns 10 and 12, leaving him over four tenths of a second behind his closest rival.
"I made a mistake so I knew the lap was gone. That's the way it goes sometimes." said Räikkönen, whose team has reintroduced its longer wheelbase chassis for the Korean weekend. "I expect that we will be a bit better tomorrow, better than the last race, where I was struggling with the front-end of the car for the whole weekend."
Romain Grosjean enjoyed a smoother run to fourth position in the sister Lotus, and the Frenchman is now elevated to third following Webber's aforementioned grid drop.
"It was very good to be P4," he said. "Gaining a position is not the way you would like it to be, but rules are rules and it is positive to start from the clean side of the track."