Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

Yas Marina
26 November

Qualifying
RAIKKONEN Chassis 317 VETTEL Chassis 314
Q1 P2 1:40.338 New Ultrasoft – 5 laps P3 1:40.341 New Ultrasoft – 5 laps
Q2 P3 1:39.629 New Ultrasoft – 3 laps P5 1:40.034 New Ultrasoft – 3 laps
Q3 P4 1:39.604 New Ultrasoft – 3 laps P5 1:39.661 New Ultrasoft – 3 laps
  New Ultrasoft – 3 laps New Ultrasoft – 3 laps
Weather: air 27/28 °C, track 31/33 °C. Clear skies
Kimi Raikkonen
It was a pretty good qualifying, the car has behaved well all day. Today we went a lot faster than we had been in practice, we did our best and it was almost enough for third place, but my last lap was not perfect in some places. It’s hard to say if we’ll be able to fight with the Mercedes tomorrow: usually in race conditions we are a bit closer, but I’m sure they will also be very strong. Tomorrow we can only do our best, we’ll try to make a good start and then we’ll see.
Sebastian Vettel
I’m not really happy with the result. I was struggling a bit with the balance of the car to start with. In the end it was good, but then in the last lap I had a bit of a messy last sector. I saw a bit of smoke from Verstappen ahead, enough to lose a bit of concentration. After this morning we were expecting a bit more, not really to fight the Mercedes, but to beat Red Bulls. I don’t think we were any slower, but we didn’t get the lap together when it mattered, probably we were a bit on the aggressive side trying to anticipate the track conditions. For tomorrow it should be positive, for tonight it was a bit too much. Otherwise the car feels good, we managed to improve it today. Mercedes are a bit far away, but we hope to get ahead and be in front of Red Bulls tomorrow. We are on the softer compound, which should give us an advantage off the line and for the first lap.