No one was able to cough to Mercedes in the classification of the Grand Prix of Brazil, and the seven tenths difference between Lewis Hamilton and the third-ranked show that margin, favorable to the of Brackley in Interlagos. Again, the inward position of the second line was the object of battle between Ferrari and Red Bull, and on this occasion beat the Scuderia thanks to Kimi Räikkönen.
The Finnish driver appeared in the final moments of Q3 to mark 1:11.404 and snatch to Max Verstappen that third place by 81 thousandths of a second. If there are no penalties for using, the Finnish match for the fourth time, his best starting position of the year, from which already started in the Great Prize of China, Russia, and Belgium.
despite this, Räikkönen was quite restrained when it comes to evaluating their performance in the qualifying session, and did not consider that his time was the product of a great back, accompanied with the problems that he had to get the right temperature with the gums in different parts of the drawing:
“I have suffered all of the classification in some points, and in some corners of the second sector. Also in the first two curves, for the temperature of the tires, but I don’t care. To be honest, and in my point of view, my last lap was quite normal, but it was enough to be third. Mercedes is a bit far away, but I hope we can have a solid race tomorrow.”
With this classification, the balance between Räikkönen and his teammate Sebastian Vettel this season returns to be tied. Both have finished 10 times in front of the other, so that “desempatarán” in the final standings of Abu Dhabi: “We have been very evenly matched for much of the year, and in some races I’ve been a little ahead or behind, but we’ve done a good job as a team, and improved on some areas. We have learned positive things, and is helping us get back where we were at the start of the year”.
For Vettel, his fifth place of departure is not a bad position, but believes that it could have been one or two positions higher, and is confident that the team can scrape a good result. Criticized in addition to some errors on your last try: “I’m Not entirely happy, because the second line was available for the two. I’m happy with my first lap of Q3, but in the second maybe I was too conservative or too aggressive in the sites wrong. It should be a race called, and I think we have the winning hand”.