Kimi Raikkonen felt disappointed after missing out on pole position for the Belgian Grand Prix during qualifying on Saturday, believing it to have been within Ferrari’s reach.
Raikkonen’s last Formula 1 pole came back in 2008 at the French Grand Prix, but the four-time Spa winner looked to be in the mix at the front after leading final practice on Saturday morning.
With his sole flying lap in Q3, Raikkonen finished third, less than two-tenths of a second off the time set by Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg on pole.
However, Raikkonen feels that those two-tenths were lost at the final corner, making P3 a disappointing result.
“Compared to my Q2 lap, [I lost] two-tenths in last chicane. Pole position was there,” Raikkonen said.
“Disappointing. Since we were close it would have been nice to get it.
“Tomorrow is the race. Compared to previous few races we have to be satisfied.
“But until we’re in the front, we can’t be too happy.”
Raikkonen will start alongside Ferrari teammate Sebastian Vettel on the second row of the grid, the German qualifying fourth in the second SF16-H car.
“Looking at the gaps, when it’s close, you think you could be a bit closer. But it’s an OK place to start,” Vettel told NBCSN.
“I think we’re fine. We’re happy with what we have. Nothing has changed. Quite a bit warmer than everyone expected. In the end, we’re in Spa so there’s always a likelihood of rain somewhere! Gaps were close between cars so it should be a close race.
“Mercedes wasn’t that far away. On super-softs we weren’t that far off. Difficult to predict their real pace in the race.
“If there’s a chance, we go for it.”
The Belgian Grand Prix is live on NBCSN and the NBC Sports app from 7am ET on Sunday.