Raikkonen says Ferrari surprised itself

Kimi Raikkonen says Ferrari surprised itself with its performance after securing second and third places on the grid for the Italian Grand Prix.

Raikkonen scored his best qualifying result since the 2013 Chinese Grand Prix to secure his first front-row start at Monza as a Ferrari driver.

Both Raikkonen and teammate Sebastian Vettel beat the Mercedes of Nico Rosberg, fourth today.

"I think if we look now, we probably surprised ourselves a little bit," said Raikkonen. "We expected a strong weekend but we didn't expect this place to be our strongest.

"In the end the car turned out to be pretty good in qualifying conditions.

"We had many good laps, so it's nice to be here, especially the home race for us and being the best qualifying for us as a team."

The Finn admitted he is optimistic about his race chances, as he usually performs more strongly on Sundays.

"I don't expect an easy race but usually we are more confident for the race and not qualifying," he said.

Vettel is also confident Ferrari can have a strong race, the German admitting he was upbeat about the gap to pole-sitter Lewis Hamilton.

"I think it is fantastic result, second and third and very close to Lewis that is the main positive of the day which makes us confident for tomorrow," Vettel said.

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Series Formula 1
Event Italian GP
Track Monza
Drivers Kimi Raikkonen , Sebastian Vettel
Teams Ferrari
Article type Breaking news