Raikkonen and Vettel downbeat as Ferrari lags to third row at Silverstone


Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel were far from happy following qualifying for the British Grand Prix on Saturday as they lagged to fifth and sixth place on the grid.

Ferrari has been the second quickest team behind Mercedes for much of the 2015 season, enjoying a comfortable advantage over Williams in the pecking order.

However, after failing to finish on the podium in Canada or Austria, the Italian team struggled once again in qualifying at Silverstone on Saturday.

Neither Raikkonen nor Vettel could beat Felipe Massa (P3) or Valtteri Bottas (P4) in Q3, leaving them fifth and sixth on the grid respectively for tomorrow’s race.

“It was not an easy qualifying, with the strong wind the handling was not ideal and it was very tricky for everybody, because the conditions kept changing from run to run and from corner to corner,” Raikkonen explained after the session.

“We know that when is windy it’s not very easy for us, we improved our car on that side but here it was still difficult to get the lap right, putting all the sectors together.

“Obviously we can’t be happy for fifth and sixth position, it’s a bit disappointing, but we tried our best and hopefully tomorrow we’ll do better.

“I don’t think we’re slipping back, it’s just the different conditions we had today. In the race we’ll see what is going to happen, we’ll push to gain some positions.”

Vettel was very nearly caught out by a slow-moving Massa during Q3 on Saturday, but managed to continue and finish sixth in the session.

“It was more difficult than we expected so we’ll have to have a look at that, but clearly it’s not ‘clean’ from my side,” he said. “I struggled a bit to find the right balance. Tomorrow could be a different story, because our race pace should be fine.

“Today was not the best day. Hopefully tomorrow will be an exciting race, we can do plenty of things, we have the pace. I know that is difficult to pass, especially the Williams as they have a good straightline speed, but we’ll see. Maybe we can find something for tomorrow.

“For sure it’s not the best starting position. In Q3 we were not happy with either run. The out lap was not great, I nearly crashed with Felipe in last attempt, I think there was a bit of confusion because Nico was going so slow. Nobody to blame though.

“In the end I made a mistake in the final lap, but in general, we were not quick enough.”

The British Grand Prix is live on CNBC and Live Extra from 7:30am ET on Sunday.