Räikkönen struggles to master first corner
21 June 2014 – Kimi Räikkönen says his inability to master the first corner of the Red Bull Ring was the root cause of his struggles in qualifying.
The former World Champion was the slowest of the drivers to record a lap time in the final shootout, leaving him in eighth position, over one and a half seconds adrift of fourth-placed Ferrari team-mate Fernando Alonso.
"I was struggling with the first corner a lot, I couldn't get it right," he said.
"I knew I had three laps so I tried to do it again but on the last lap I just locked an outside wheel for some reason and flat spotted the front left. It was pretty much done at that point. After that I lost a lot of time there with a lot of vibrations in a straight line and I just did the lap to get a time.
"The speed wasn't too bad if I'd put a lap together but it's just been a big struggle to do that this weekend."
Räikkönen hopes the situation will improve in the race, where he expects the tyres to work more efficiently.
"It's better in the race to get the tyres working," he explained. "That seems to be difficult for me over one lap."