Raikkonen disappointed to qualify second
The Finn delivered his best qualifying performance since the opening race of the season in Melbourne but it was not enough to deny Hamilton in front of his home crowd.india Updated: Jul 07, 2007 21:20 IST
Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen admitted he was disappointed after being beaten to pole position in the British Grand Prix by a last-ditch flying lap from rookie Lewis Hamilton.
The Finn delivered his best qualifying performance since the opening race of the season in Melbourne but it was not enough to deny Hamilton in front of his home crowd.
Raikkonen cost himself time, and probably pole, by making a mistake in the final corner of his fastest lap but last weekend's French Grand Prix victor remains optimistic about his chances of claiming a second consecutive victory on Sunday.
"Unfortunately I ran off the circuit on exiting the last corner and lost a lot of time, but that is nothing we can change anymore," said Raikkonen.
"I am a bit disappointed, but we need to make a good start and it is a long race. We will see what we can do."
"We definitely have good speed in the car, good set-up, so we haven't lost anything yet. But it makes life much more difficult, starting from the second place rather than from first. But it's still not impossible, definitely not."
Raikkonen's Brazilian teammate Felipe Massa will start from fourth, behind Hamilton's McLaren teammate Fernando Alonso, after clocking a time a tenth of a second slower than the Spaniard.
Ferrari boss Jean Todt believes that Sunday's race will be vital in deciding both the constructor's and driver's world championships and the Frenchman is looking to his team to produce a stellar all-round effort.
"The decisive factors will be the work of the team and the drivers, the timing of the pit stops and car and tyre performance over the distance," Todt said.
"For our part, we will do our utmost as usual. This race is a key moment in the fight for both championships and with all our heart we want to bring home the best result possible."
First Published: Jul 07, 2007 21:14 IST