Raikkonen: We could have achieved more with another set of softs

Kimi Raikkonen rued not having a new set of softs in Q2 for the Formula 1 Spanish Grand Prix, despite his best result of the season so far.

The 2007 world champion made it out of Q1 for the first time this year, the first time an Alfa Romeo has made it in to the second round of qualifying this season.

Raikkonen ended up 14th fastest, but he set that time on the medium compound tyre, having used all his softs to get through Q1.

And, he believes had he had another new set of softs, he would have been able to finish higher up the grid for Sunday’s race.

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“It was definitely a positive day: the car felt a lot better and it gave me the confidence to drive it how I wanted.” commented Raikkonen.

“We made it to Q2 and we could have achieved even more, but we didn’t have any more sets of soft tyres so we had to use the mediums.

“Perhaps we could have been in the fight for Q3 but for now we have to be happy.

“We had the speed and hopefully we can take it from here.

“We are moving in the right direction and we know what we have to do to be in the points tomorrow – be faster than the guys in front of us.”

Alfa Romeo Team Principal Frederic Vasseur also added that Raikkonen’s qualifying performance now gives the team a chance to fight for points, although it was disappointing Giovinazzi couldn’t make it through to Q2, after the Italian picked up some floor damage when he ran wide through the final corner on his second flying lap.

“It was an encouraging session for the team, something to build on.” Vasseur added.

“Kimi did an excellent job to climb out of Q1 and give us a good chance to be in the fight for the points tomorrow.

“It was a pity to lose Antonio so early: unfortunately he may have suffered some damage during his first run and he wasn’t able to improve on his second one.

“Overall, though, we seem to be going in the direction we want so we need to keep pushing to improve.”