Kimi Raikkonen disappointed with qualifying performance

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Kimi Raikkonen has admitted his disappointment after qualifying 9th for tomorrow’s Bahrain Grand Prix.

The Lotus driver only just made it through to Q3, and he failed to match the pace of championship rivals Sebastian Vettel, Fernando Alonso and Lewis Hamilton in the final session. However, Raikkonen does not believe he could have fared much better.

“We were not fast enough. This was our maximum,” he said in an interview.

“Maybe we could’ve been a few places better, but like I said yesterday, it didn’t feel exactly like we want.

Raikkonen said that the lack of pace could be down to the track not suiting the Lotus E21 car.

“It’s just one of the places where we don’t seem to have the speed. Hopefully tomorrow it will turn out different.”

The 2007 world champion also refused to make any predictions for the race tomorrow.

“I cannot tell you where we’re going to finish. That would be stupid. We can only do our best and hopefully that will be a better result than today.

“I hope that our tires can last in better shape than some of the others.”

Due to Lewis Hamilton’s grid penalty, Raikkonen will start the race in 8th tomorrow, but he was only 0.1 seconds off Felipe Massa who will start 4th. However, he will take confidence from last year’s race, where he started P11 before rising to 2nd by the end of the race.

Kanaan, Dixon to rejoin Chip Ganassi Le Mans effort

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Both Scott Dixon and Tony Kanaan will be rejoining Ford Chip Ganassi Racing as part of their four-car armada at the 2018 24 Hours of Le Mans, the team revealed late last week. Both drivers contested the event last year, with Dixon in the No. 69 entry – finishing seventh in the GTE Pro class – while Kanaan replaced an injured Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68 – finishing sixth in GTE Pro.

For Kanaan, this also represents a return to the Chip Ganassi organization, with which he contested the Verizon IndyCar Series from 2014 to 2017 before departing for A.J. Foyt Racing in 2018.

Kanaan will join Andy Priaulx and Harry Tincknell in the No. 67, while Dixon will reunite with Ryan Briscoe and Richard Westbrook, the three drivers having won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in January, in the No. 69.

Stefan Mücke, Olivier Pla, and Billy Johnson will share the No. 66 entry, with Joey Hand, Dirk Müller, and Sebastien Bourdais in the No. 68.