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Q3 tyre selection hampers Raikkonen

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Kimi Raikkonen: "We're in sixth place, which is certainly not a disaster; but it could have been better" © Press Association
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Kimi Raikkonen said he and his Lotus team made a mistake by sending him out on wet weather tyres rather than intermediates at the start of the final part of qualifying for the British Grand Prix.

Raikkonen qualified sixth at Silverstone but felt he could have gone even quicker.

"We made a slightly wrong decision by using the full wet and I only had one lap in the restarted final qualifying session with the intermediates, otherwise I think it was possible to have gone faster. We also had a problem with the KERS which we tried to fix during the red flag break. We're in sixth place, which is certainly not a disaster; but it could have been better."

He said the race would be tough for all drivers if it's held in the same conditions.

"The weather makes it a bit tricky for everybody. It's not easy, especially with the spray and this is even more difficult in race conditions when everyone is fighting for the same piece of track. On the plus side for the fans, it's good fun to watch, even if it's not the nicest weather if you're in a grandstand."

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