Bad qualifying by Lando no doubt, but even when he’s does OK, people always find something to bash him with, so after yesterday it’s expected. It’s strange that when he has a bad qualifying, a start or a race, people criticise his performance as if it’s been the rule, not the exception. He has as many Q3 appearances as Carlos, Albon, (in a much quicker car) more than Stroll. People seem to use his personality to attack him when he has a bad day, which is strange. Just like saying Ricciardo is too laid back, that’s why he got beaten by Max in their last year together.
There’s a myth going around that he isn’t improving, which is false. He’s achieved his best qualifying this year, first podium, more points in fewer races, is even ahead of his team mate at the moment, and still with a chance to beat him. No other team consistently in the points have team mates that are so close to each other. For some odd reason people expect Lando to be thrashing Carlos, why though? Because Carlos is so bad? Whatever mistakes he made yesterday he’s being beaten with a much bigger stick than he deserves. He’s in his 2nd year of F1, one crash in an FP session, one collision with Stroll in Barcelona last year, that’s about it. People criticise his starts, but if you analyse things properly, Lando would have a lot more DNF’s rather than mere lost places at the start if it wasn’t for his approach. A few times he’s avoided a crash and settled for lost places. Cut the kid some slack, he’s doing OK.
Q: (Stefano Mancini – La Stampa) Kimi, will you help Vettel to win his championship this year?
Kimi Raikkonen: I can only drive one car, obviously.
@2018 Singapore Grand Prix drivers press conference.