Räikkönen: Q2 crash didn't affect final result
15 March 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen says that his crash towards the end of Q2 had no bearing on his grid position for Sunday's Australian Grand Prix.
Räikkönen was attempting to make it through into Q3 in wet conditions when he lost control of his Ferrari F14 T exiting Turn three and hit the wall.
The damage sustained to the front of his car forced him out of the session, but the Finn does not think that he was capable of improving his lap time.
"Qualifying wasn’t straightforward today, especially because of traffic," he said. "When I was on a quick lap, I had a car in front of me at every corner. That stopped me getting a clean lap and at the end of Q2, I spun off damaging the front wing.
"I don’t think I’d have gone quicker anyway, as I had already reduced my speed at this point, because I knew already I wouldn’t make it to Q3. It’s a shame, because compared to yesterday we have made some steps forward."
Räikkönen believes Ferrari has made progress with their F14 T but remains hesitant to predict where they will be in terms of race pace.
"In the wet we were quick and I had more feeling for the car. We know we have a lot of work to do in every area, especially on car set-up, but at the same time, we are sure we are going in the right direction.
"Tomorrow’s race will be tough, the weather forecast is unclear and on top of that, with the new rules, it’s hard to predict how things will go. But it’s only the first race of the year and we will do our best to get a good result."