Raikkonen Laments Costly Error

Kimi Raikkonen lamented his error during qualifying for the Brazilian Grand Prix, but the Finn is still confident of a strong race

Raikkonen Laments Costly Error

Raikkonen was last to run in qualifying after winning the Belgian Grand Prix two weeks ago but a puff of smoke from a locked wheel under braking on his timed run betrayed the Finn's error.

The McLaren driver will start from fifth place, but needs to win the race if he wants to keep his Championship hopes alive. His rival Fernando Alonso, who needs just six points to take the title, clinched pole position.

Without the error, Raikkonen believes, he would have been ahead of the Spaniard.

"That was a shame," admitted the Finn. "I came into the first corner and simply locked up and lost about 0.7 seconds.

"I pushed hard for the rest of the lap, but that sort of thing does upset your rhythm a bit. However, I did what I could to make up for the mistake, and I believe that without that I could have been on pole tomorrow.

"I now focus on the race where anything is possible. We will just go for it and do what we can. Our strategy should be strong so we will see."

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