• Belgian Grand Prix - Qualifying

Pole wasn't possible - Raikkonen

ESPN Staff
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Kimi Raikkonen: "It wasn't the easiest of qualifying sessions" © Sutton Images
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Kimi Raikkonen said Lotus did not have the pace to attempt to qualify on pole position at the Belgian Grand Prix but reckons the race will be a different story.

Raikkonen qualified fourth but will start from third on the grid once Pastor Maldonado's grid penalty is enforced. Raikkonen appeared to make a mistake on his final qualifying run but said his car did not have the pace to challenge Jenson Button for pole regardless.

"It wasn't the easiest of qualifying sessions," he said. "The car is okay but it doesn't look like we have the speed that some others have and we were certainly not quick enough for pole today. The race is a different story. On the grid we're in front of the guys who are ahead of us in the championship so we'll try to score more points than them."

Lotus trackside operations director Alan Permane revealed that the car was not working as the team had hoped.

"A little disappointing to be honest as we hoped for a bit more than that today," he said. "Kimi didn't quite get a perfect lap and Romain wasn't happy with the setup of his car. The car looks to have been unusually difficult today, with some inconsistency making it difficult to extract the best lap time. This is unexpected, as previously this season we've been able to find a good setup very rapidly when there has been limited running."