Raikkonen rues lack of development
|By Edd Straw||Saturday, September 26th 2009, 16:55 GMT|
Kimi Raikkonen blamed the early end to development of the Ferrari F60 for his poor qualifying performance for the Singapore Grand Prix after managing only 13th.
Ferrari opted to cease development on the F60 several in order to concentrate on its 2010 car, and with most teams bringing upgrade packages to Singapore, the 2007 world champion believes a slip in form was inevitable.
"It's logical that, as other cars improve race after race, we pay a higher price for our decision to stop developing the F60," said the Finn.
"Unfortunately, today we were just not quick enough to get into Q3 and there was not much we could do about it."
Raikkonen is hoping for a good start and an incident-packed race to allow the team to pick up some valuable points as it fights for third in the Constructors' Championship.
"Tomorrow, we can expect a tough race as it is very difficult to overtake here, so getting into the points will be very difficult.
It's true that anything can happen on a track like this and we will have to do our best to make the most of every opportunity, maybe getting some help through a good start as we have usually managed in the last few races."
Team principal Stefano Domenicali has targeted a points finish, citing the teams strong reliability record as a major strong point.
"What really matters is the race result, where reliability is always the key factor, especially in a race that looks like being very tough and where all sorts of things could happen.
"Clearly, we will be trying to fight our way towards the front, which means it will be difficult to reach our minimum target of finishing in the top eight."