Ferrari’s technical director James Allison said he was “disappointed” with Kimi Raikkonen’s qualifying performance in the Chinese Grand Prix, and believes his cars should have locked out the second row behind Mercedes.
Raikkonen will only start from sixth on the grid, and complained of a lack of grip in the first sector of his final qualifying lap.
He was almost three tenths down on teammate Sebastian Vettel’s third placed time.
“We’re a bit disappointed we’re not P3 and 4,” said Allison. “There was the pace to be 3 and 4, but there you go.
“There was a little bit more oversteer today than yesterday, but the car was pretty well balanced."
When asked if Ferrari might be able to pull off another strategy masterstroke like it did in Malaysia, Allison added: “It’s a race that’s a fairly nailed-on two-stop for everyone.
“We’ll see how it goes, we’ll be looking to do the best race we can, and we’ll figure that out tonight.”
Kimi disappointed too
Raikkonen also voiced his dissatisfaction with the performance.
“It was a bad lap on the last set, for some reason, the first two corners felt very slippery at the rear,” said Raikkonen. “The laptime was gone already at that point, so I just tried to make the best out of it.
“Right now, it’s just disappointing where I finished.”