Inconsistent handling affecting speed – Räikkönen
19 April 2014 – Ferrari driver Kimi Räikkönen says that the inconsistent handling of the F14T affected his performance during qualifying for the Chinese Grand Prix.
Räikkönen struggled throughout qualifying in wet conditions in China as he set the 11th fastest time and failed to make the cut for Q3 for the second time this season.
"The past two days have been difficult, because after yesterday's technical problem, this morning I also only did a single run, but overall, I felt more comfortable in the car," he said.
"Unfortunately, on my last run in Q2, when I was on my quick lap, I lost a lot of time in the final sector and that meant I didn't make the cut to Q3. The car's handling was inconsistent, as it was stable in some parts of the track and less so in others.
"I had some problems with the balance and this had an effect on my performance. It's too early to say what happened, but the time lost yesterday definitely didn't help. Now I want to concentrate on tomorrow's race and try my best to end this weekend with a good result."