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Raikkonen – “Little reasons” contributing to poor qualifying

Bahrain Grand Prix – Kimi Raikkonen has said that small details have been contributing to his poor qualifying performance.

The Finn has been second best to team mate Sebastian Vettel all weekend, but still looked strong enough for a top four start close to Vettel.

After the final runs in Q3, however, he was beaten to the second row by Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo and was four tenths of a second away from Vettel.

“The car was good overall, I thought there was a lot of potential, but for many little reasons we never really got the time out of it,” Raikkonen said.

“The final result is far from what we wanted, but that’s how it ended up today. I have been struggling to find the right set up: all in all it has been better here than it’s been the last few races, but in qualifying, when we start to push, it is not what we wanted yet.”

Raikkonen complained in China of a lack of front end feel, something that would be a much larger issue as the Shanghai circuit consists of several high-speed and long corners.

The Finn was expected to fare better on the rear-limited Bahrain circuit.

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