Going into the Singapore Grand Prix weekend many were touting Ferrari to repeat their 2015 triumphs and steal another win from the conquering Mercedes outfit.
However, their mediocre 2016 season continued despite showing glimpses of competitive pace during free practice, as Kimi Raikkonen qualified in fifth position almost a second off Nico Rosberg’s benchmark, while Sebastian Vettel had a rear anti-roll bar failure which put him out of qualifying.
When asked what he felt was worse, qualifying only in fifth position or being a second behind Rosberg’s Mercedes, the Finn simply replied: “I don’t really care what it is right now. We are fifth and we’ve seen that before in some races and in some races not.
“They’ve [Mercedes] been strong here and unfortunately this is what we’ve got today. The car was behaving pretty decently, apart from obviously lacking a bit of grip overall. But there weren’t issues that we could have fixed to suddenly go faster, apart from adding overall grip.
“The first lap in Q3 was a good lap and I knew I had to try a bit too much to go faster in the second lap and it didn’t pay off. This is where you ended up.”
Raikkonen also mentioned that Ferrari had the option to follow Red Bull’s strategy and run the super soft tyres rather than the ultra-softs in Q2, which would see them start the race on a more durable tyre.
The team ultimately decided against the decision, as a good start to the race can help Raikkonen gain a position or two off the line with the help of ultra-soft tyre.
“Obviously it will help if we can make some positions at the start, but it’s not a very long run down to Turn 1. It’s not the end of the world but normally the start is the easiest time to make positions up.”
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