Kimi Raikkonen says chicane error cost him 'comfortable' pole
Kimi Räikkönen believes a small mistake at the Hungaroring chicane cost him a 'comfortable' pole position as he finished behind Ferrari team-mae Sebastian Vettel on Saturday.
Vettel's new lap record of 1:16.276 was good enough to hand the German pole for Sunday's race, but Räikkönen feels he lost more than the 0.168s between them after a mistake at the chicane on his flying lap. The Finn had been up by a tenth in the opening sector.
"Actually not too good, start [of the lap] was good, the end not too bad but in the chicane I braked on the outside kerb and got loose, I really threw it away there," said Räikkönen.
"Was decent enough for second place but bit disappointed, felt I had it [a pole lap] quite comfortably, but couldn’t really finish."
Räikkönen is however pleased with the progress he made overnight with his setup and is looking forward to the race.
"If you go from yesterday, it wasn’t the easiest of days and today pretty happy with things," he added. "Managed to improve my car for qualifying and we are happy how the handling is now, so far so good, tomorrow will be a long race, we have to keep it going."