Malaysian GP: Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen declares weekend 'poor'

Kimi Raikkonen says he had a "poor" Malaysian Grand Prix, despite finishing fourth for the Ferrari Formula 1 team at Sepang

Malaysian GP: Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen declares weekend 'poor'

The Finn's weekend took a turn for a worse in qualifying when he was bundled out of Q2 after being caught out by the rain.

Then, the race itself started in the worse possible way; a first-lap puncture leaving him at the back of the field.

Despite a strong recovery drive, that ended with him fourth behind team-mate Sebastian Vettel and the two Mercedes drivers, Raikkonen described the weekend as a poor one.

"We've had a very poor weekend in the sense of things going wrong," he said.

"After the puncture we had damage to the floor, and that was really the maximum I could do.

"Obviously we had a lot of bad luck on a few occasions this weekend. There's not much that I can do when I get touched from behind. It is what it is."

Raikkonen added that it was the early safety car period and decent car speed that rescued his race.

"I got a very bad start, wheelspin off the line and then the first corner I didn't get a very good positions and lost some places," he explained.

"Then I gained some positions and was catching people, but then I got a puncture at the last corner so I had to do the whole lap. Luckily we had a safety car so that helped.

"But then I don't know what the guys in front of me were doing because they were not going full speed to catch up so we were like one straight behind.

"I was asking if I could pass them but there was some confusion with the Sauber in front of me. That didn't help either.

"Obviously for the team it's a pretty good result. It could have been better but I think we did the maximum with what we had today."

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