Kimi Raikkonen made an impressive flying lap in Q3 first attempt with a 1:33.253s for the Russian Grand Prix qualifying, but his team-mate Sebastian Vettel went out for a second run and grabbed pole away by just 0.059s.
The Finn’s final challenge wasn’t enough to improve his time, and so he will start tomorrow’s race from second place. It’s a terribly slight margin to lose out by, but Raikkonen was still sounding optimistic.
Kimi also admits that, h a slight regret at missing out on P1, something he last achieved 127 races ago.
“Obviously, the aim is to be on the front,” Raikkonen said. “I’m happier than previous qualifying’s, but I think we had all the tools to be on the front today…
“We got some traffic on the out-lap on the last [run in Q3], and I couldn’t really make the tyres work as well as the first run. It was a bit more tricky.
“I was there or thereabouts [on the second run] and I tried to get it back in the last corner, and it didn’t pay off.
“The feeling has been a lot better this weekend – obviously a one-two for the team is not bad…”
The French round in 2008 was also the last time Ferrari locked out the front row.
Vettel admitted that he had an messy run on his first attempt in Q3, which put the pressure on for his second run as he attempted to improve on third place.
“I had a good start to the session and was feeling reasonably comfortable, and in Q2 lost lost the rhythm on my final run, which would give me the idea for the first of Q3,” said Vettel.
“I locked up, and on my first run in Q3 it wasn’t tidy, so I made up for it in the second run.
“I knew we could do well and the car was good, but didn’t know what they [Mercedes] might be able to find in the last bit of qualifying.
“I knew we were strong, I knew we could do it, but didn’t know how strong in relation to them.”