Raikkonen struggled in qualifying after engine failure

The consistent performed driver in the 2012 campaign Kimi Raikkonen too struggled in Friday practice and Saturday morning session due to engine failure.

The opening practice session he struggled with engine related problem, after the second practice session Lotus declared his engine failed. Also in the final practice session he just completed three trial laps.

Currently he using spare engine for the race without having to take a penalty for requiring a ninth engine. Drivers allowed eight engines for the season. The engine change affected his qualifying pace and he will start from the eighth on the grid for race.

“We didn’t get a single lap this morning and yesterday we didn’t really get anything done, so the car was pretty bad,” Raikkonen told Autosport

“We just had to change it a lot since yesterday and it was purely guessing for qualifying because we hadn’t done many laps. In that way, it was fine, but with some running this morning we could have done some proper set-up work.”

“No, we just did something that we hope works because we had no running, the car wasn’t very good. At least we got something out of qualifying.” he said.

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