Click to view our fantastic subscription offers

Instant access to the F1 paddock

You have 5 views remaining

You have read 10 stories this month. After 15, you will need to register or subscribe.

Register with us for free to view 30 stories a month.

Or subscribe to AUTOSPORT+ for unlimited news stories and access to our exclusive subscriber-only content.

Our commitment to quality journalism

We've introduced metered access to AUTOSPORT which will ensure that the majority of our visitors can continue to view the site for free. But we think that is worth a small investment from those who use it most, so that we can continue to send the leading experts in their field to motor racing paddocks all over the world to break the latest news and produce the most compelling interviews and race reports.

Every visitor gets 15 free page views per month. Once you reach the limit you can register to get 30 views or choose one of our value-for-money subscription packages to continue viewing and to get additional access to a range of features including:

  • Unlimited access to AUTOSPORT with news and views from the paddock
  • Enjoy AUTOSPORT+: subscriber-only analysis, comment and top-quality pictures
  • Get AUTOSPORT magazine in a digital format on your computer or iPad every week
  • Full access to FORIX - the world's best motorsport statistics website

We greatly appreciate your continued support to keep AUTOSPORT at the forefront of motorsport coverage, and we look forward to welcoming you as a new subscriber.


Glenn Freeman
AUTOSPORT.com Editor

autosport.com
Search:
Find out more about our subscriptions
  AUTOSPORT+ LOGIN AUTOSPORT Plus  
Username:
Password:
F1 NEWS 

Brazilian GP: Raikkonen says engine issues cost his qualifying pace

Kimi Raikkonen, LotusKimi Raikkonen reckons his Brazilian Grand Prix qualifying would have been much more competitive had he not lost significant practice mileage to engine problems.

The Lotus driver sat out much of Friday morning with issues on his Renault engine, and then had the V8 fail at the start of final practice.

He was able to fit a spare for the race without exceeding his allowance of eight engines for the season. The replacement engine is the one that he won in Abu Dhabi with.

But Raikkonen said that lack of mileage had a major impact on his set-up for qualifying, where he took ninth place. Pastor Maldonado's penalty will elevate him one position.

"We didn't get a single lap this morning and yesterday we didn't really get anything done, so the car was pretty bad," Raikkonen replied when asked by AUTOSPORT how the practice problems had affected his qualifying form.

"We just had to change it a lot since yesterday and it was purely guessing for qualifying because we hadn't done many laps.

"In that way, it was fine, but with some running this morning we could have done some proper set-up work."

Raikkonen said Lotus was not among the teams to gamble on a wet set-up for the race.

"No, we just did something that we hope works because we had no running," he said.

"The car wasn't very good. At least we got something out of qualifying."

Subs
  More news  
    advertisement
  RELATED LINKS
Read the AUTOSPORT Digital Edition
Visit the autosport.com shop
See highlights from 60 years of AUTOSPORT
  FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON
FOLLOW AUTOSPORT ON TWITTER
Paddock insight from group F1 editor Jonathan Noble
Grand Prix news updates from F1 editor Edd Straw
Breaking news feed
Live commentary feed
Haymarket