Kimi Räikkönen has criticised Ferrari’s decision not to send him out on a Soft tyre run during the opening phase of qualifying at the Hungarian Grand Prix.

The Finn was ultimately eliminated by a quicker lap from Marussia driver Jules Bianchi – to the tune of just 0.064 seconds – which embarrassingly saw the 2007 World Champion eliminated in Q1 for the second time in three outings.

Following the stoppages suffered by Lewis Hamilton and Pastor Maldonado in the same session, Ferrari assumed it was guaranteed a Q2 berth by just running on the Medium-compound tyres in the session.

“The plan was to go out [again] but the team said we were fine,” a frustrated Räikkönen, who qualified 17th-fastest, said afterwards.

“I questioned it a few times to be 100 per cent sure. The end result is what we can see. Yesterday afternoon and this morning it was a bit difficult to get grip with the harder tyres. With the Soft it’s been quicker all weekend.”

Fernando Alonso, 2014 Hungarian GP

Fernando Alonso qualified fifth-fastest.

While Räikkönen had another nightmare run in what has been an underwhelming return to the Scuderia, teammate Fernando Alonso once again outdid himself in the uncompetitive F14T by progressing through to Q3 and earning himself a third-row starting position.

“P5 on the clean side is good for us. We have a good possibility of a result. Dry or wet, we can be competitive,” he said after qualifying, although he was quick to rule out any possibility of challenging for a podium finish in Sunday’s 70-lap race.

“I think we are behind Williams and Red Bull; some circuits a bit better, some circuits a bit worse. We have two Red Bulls ahead, one Williams ahead and one behind. Hopefully we can go into the battle and get some points.”

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