Raikkonen expects Ferrari to be stronger in race trim

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Kimi Raikkonen believes that Ferrari will be stronger during today’s Canadian Grand Prix than in qualifying on Saturday as he goes in search of his second podium finish of the season.

Raikkonen led Ferrari’s charge in qualifying, finishing third after an engine problem left teammate Sebastian Vettel ailing towards the back of the grid.

After struggling in Monaco two weeks ago, Raikkonen identified qualifying as being his main area for improvement and delivered accordingly on Saturday.

However, he still thinks that there is more to come from Ferrari in the race on Sunday.

“We still have some work ahead, obviously we are not happy to finish third in the grid but in the race we’lll try to do better,” Raikkonen said after qualifying on Saturday.

“It’s hard to say what will happen tomorrow but at least we did a better qualifying than normal and we’ll be in a better position for the race. So far it has been okay but tomorrow is the big day.

“I expect that we can be stronger and challenge for a competitive race. The weather has been tricky these days, so it will be a bit of uncertain tomorrow. Tonight we are going to analyse a lot of data and will try to make the right decisions.”

Raikkonen starts behind the Mercedes duo of Lewis Hamilton and Nico Rosberg on the grid on Sunday, and although Ferrari’s long-run pace during practice did concern the Silver Arrows, it will still take a monumental effort from the Italian marque to overhaul them at the front.

The Canadian Grand Prix is live on NBC from 2pm ET, with F1 Countdown starting at 1:30pm ET on NBCSN.