Saturday, 20 September 2014

Difficult end to a promising qualifying session for Raikkonen and Ferrari

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(Scuderia Ferrari SpA via Twitter)

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen showed that the Italian team have made steady progress recently as the Finn topped the time-sheets in the opening Q1 session today ahead of tomorrow's Singapore night race which marks round 14 of the 2014 FIA Formula One world championship.

It was the first time this season that 'the Iceman' had ended a session top of the leader board and it looked as if things were turning around for the Finn who has had a horrendous season, his first back with Ferrari since 2009. In the second part of qualifying Raikkonen recorded the fourth fastest time just behind behind Ferrari team mate Fernando Alonso.

As the final part of qualifying got underway it looked like the two Ferrari's were going to be the closest challengers to the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg. However, it wasn't be as Alonso qualified in fifth place and while on his final run of the session Raikkonen was forced to back off and was asked by his race engineer to stop the car as a suspected electrical failure halted the Finn's charge.

Despite the problem Raikkonen still managed to qualify in seventh place and it is an extremely long Grand Prix tomorrow where absolutely anything can happen so he will be hoping that the team can solve the issue over night and that he can have a trouble free race and end the event with a strong result.

© Ben Johnston 2014

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