16 April


Chinese GP - Kimi Raikkonen
Sebastian Vettel: “I don’t think I deserved to be in the top three today. We saved tyres, so we start tomorrow on Supersofts. I thought I could make it in the last lap, but my only run wasn’t special overall. I asked too much from my tyres already at the beginning and then I did a couple of small mistakes here and there, which cost me a lot of lap time. So in the end my run was not so good, but this is how it is and we can’t change it now.

All in all, I think it has been a good weekend for us so far, and I think tomorrow it can be even better. Race strategies are different from one team to another, which is interesting. Maybe we can have already a shoot at the start, the one we had in Australia was very good so perhaps we can repeat it. Our target is to go forward from where we are…

Kimi Raikkonen: “It’s more of a disappointment than anything else: today we had the chance of getting a better result. I don’t know if pole position could have been possible, but for sure we could have easily been second fastest. In the second last corner I ran wide and lost a lot of time. The position could have been much worse after that mistake, but we still have third place, which is not such a bad starting point for the race. It’s hard to predict what will happen tomorrow, it will depend on so many factors, the weather and the different tactics from the teams. In the race things are different: we’ll try to do our maximum, be the fastest and see where it brings.”

Chinese Grand Prix - Second row for the Scuderia
Raikkonen and Vettel to start third and fourth

16 April 2016 –Tomorrow’s Chinese Grand Prix will feature an all-Ferrari second row, after Kimi Raikkonen qualified third ahead of Sebastian Vettel. The Finn posted a 1.35.972, on a lap that was just 274 thousandths of a second faster than his team-mate’s best time. After rain in this morning’s third free practice session, qualifying took place on a dry track. The SF16-Hs were first and second in Q1 and again in Q2. Pole went to Nico Rosberg in the Mercedes, with a lap in 1.35.402.

Chinese Grand Prix - Rain for final practice
A wet track throughout final free practice

Shanghai, 16 April – As forecasted, Saturday in Shanghai saw heavy rain hit the circuit, which thus affected running in the final free practice session. It was not until 15 minutes into the session that cars began to venture out on track, when the rain which had fallen since early morning, eased off slightly. Sebastian Vettel was quickest with a 12.57.351, although the times meant little, on his only run on rain tyres. Kimi Raikkonen was twelfth in 2.00.812 set on intermediates, having previously done three laps on the wets.

posted at 18:42:00 on 04/16/16 by webmaster - Category: races