Raikkonen reported that a power loss on radio stations throughout Q2, but the team says that his sudden fall in top rate was due to a gust of breeze, and never just a technical issue.

But team manager Frederic Vasseur says it wasn’t a reason for the Finn’s failure to get for the very first time in 20-19 in to Q 3.

“It wasn’t just a loss of power, also it had been a loss of top speed,” team manager Frederic Vasseur told Motorsport.com.

“It had been very strange. The head wind is going up like crazy. I believe there is a tiny group with us, [Valtteri] Bottas and still yet another , and their rate was not improved by anybody throughout 10 or five minutes. Nevertheless, it’s not a justification.

“The very first two events I think it went well for us. We were on top of this cutoff, and it had been an issue of hundredths and you are just beneath it. You’ve got to accept it. I believe the race pace was strong yesterday. We’ll see the end of lap one”

Confessed it had not been a good qualifying session due to him personally.

“Some runs have been pretty okay, the very first jog in Q1,” said Raikkonen. “However, I got sideways inside the very last corner and the next two were pretty ordinary. However, I had a good feeling in the last one, it had been more how it should be. So we didn’t have the rate.

“We lost rate on the back straight but we were all on our own. Maybe the end was somewhat stronger on that lap compared to the previous. This is the way that it is.

Asked about possibilities for Sunday’s race, he said:”We’ll see how it is tomorrowbut I would say a few of these totally free runs were decent and two in the middle were quite catchy, but I feel the tyres appear to be behaving slightly different each one of the sets. So not the easiest.”