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Raikkonen blames team for qualifying failure

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26/07/2014

Kimi Raikkonen blames his team for the error which meant he failed to make it into Q2 today, leaving him starting the Hungarian GP from 17th on the grid.

In the final moments of the first phase of the session it appeared the Maranello outfit’s risky gamble not to send him out for another run had paid off, the Finn looking to have made the cut by the skin of his teeth. However, a late improvement by Jules Bianchi - who deputised for the Finn at the recent Silverstone test - saw The Iceman demoted to the drop zone.

"The plan was to go out, but the team said 'no, you are fine, you do not need to go out'," he told reporters. "I questioned it a few times, but they said no need, and we can see the end result.

"A mistake has been made," he added. "It's already been a difficult year, so I don't see the point to shout. The mistake is done."

An attempt to get an explanation from team boss Marco Mattiacci was met with a terse "no comment" however, Pat Fry was a little more forthcoming. "We Kimi we were caught out by the evolution of the track," he admitted. "It's very disappointing not to have got through with him because he's been going better this weekend."

"It's going to be difficult," added Raikkonen, "because there's not much chance of overtaking here. We definitely made a mistake, but now I only want to look ahead. Tomorrow, even if it will be tough, we will do our best to try and move up the order."

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1. Posted by Spartacus, 28/07/2014 21:18

"Yes, I feel bad for RAI when Ferrari blunders like this. He has not been having very good luck this year and is in a very similar situation in comparison to MAS, who use to drive for them. Kind of strange? What is interesting is that ALO has driven the heck out of that red car. So do you call some of your performance due to luck or skill or a combination of both?"

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2. Posted by MrShadow, 27/07/2014 10:52

"At least the do not (yet) set his car on fire...."

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3. Posted by Paul C, 26/07/2014 21:52

"It is curious that the driver who displaced Kimi is the star of the Ferrari Driver Academy."

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4. Posted by Marybeth, 26/07/2014 21:30

"Why does Ferrari lie to us & say they want Kimi to get points & then do this to him...? They obviously don't want him to get points. Yesterday he was up front on the soft tires & not as good on the hards, & now this. This was done on purpose to hobble Kimi. Usually Ferrari is not this obvious as to their real agenda. I do not for a minute think that Ferrari is too stupid to know what they are doing. In Monaco Kimi ran 3rd until he was hit under safety. This si suppose to be a similar track, are they afraid that Kimi will run 3rd again, ahead of FA?"

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