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We just got it wrong - Raikkonen

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Kimi Raikkonen said Ferrari simply got the timing wrong for his qualifying lap at the British Grand Prix, leaving him 18th on the grid for Sunday's race once penalties are taken into account.

Raikkonen and team-mate Fernando Alonso were knocked out in the first stage of qualifying after failing to get on track when the conditions were at their best. Raikkonen went out on slicks but only after most other drivers had set improved times, and then got caught out by rain at the end of the session.

"We tried to look at what the others did and try to make the right choice, but when I said in the end to put on the mediums we did it as quickly as we could but it had started to rain already. Obviously the timing was wrong, but the reason for that was … it was just wrong and we couldn't get out early enough.

"Obviously we put on the slicks, went out, it started to rain and halfway after the first sector it was too wet already. That's about it."

However, Raikkonen said he is confident the car is not as bad as it felt during Friday practice, when he was ninth fastest, and would allow him to fight back in the race.

"Yesterday we just tried some things because obviously we don't have much testing, so I'm happy to try things on Friday to see what's good and what's not. We knew it was not very good overall, but if we found something on certain parts of the circuit then we can learn, and we put the car back today to how it was normally and I'm sure it's okay. Yesterday's times are nothing to do with today and unfortunately we got that wet session this morning. It will be hard tomorrow but there's no reason why we won't have a good race."

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