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Raikkonen bemoans 'edgy' Ferrari

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Kimi Raikkonen said his Ferrari was "on the edge" throughout qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix and that 10th place on the grid was in line with his pace this weekend.

Raikkonen was exactly 0.4s shy of team-mate Fernando Alonso after a tricky single run in Q3, on which he attempted to set a hot lap while other cars were on their out lap. Raikkonen only had one set of fresh super-softs left by the end of Q3, which is why he attempted a single lap, but said the car was not in good shape anyway.

"It wasn't a very good lap in the end, but obviously I only had one chance," he said. "We could have improved the speed a bit if I could have another go, but then that doesn't change an awful lot our position.

"It's difficult to know, it's sliding around and it's very difficult to make one good lap. If you hit a little bit of kerb in a different way then it changes. It's right on the edge and sliding around."

Raikkonen said the traffic was a distraction, but that he would only have gained one or two positions on the grid with a completely clean lap.

"It didn't help. You know they are going to move out of the way, but they are still there so it doesn't help. I locked a wheel on one corner, but that's how it goes. If we had a second run maybe we could go faster but it would just be by one or two places, it's not like it would have changed the whole picture. It's more or less where I have been the whole weekend."

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