Just days after Lewis Hamilton questioned the layout of the proposed F1 race in Miami, the Briton not only querying the layout but the location of the track, he and Sebastian Vettel were asked about the aero regulations now agreed for next year.
Raikkonen conceded the supersoft tyres, which have given teams a headache this weekend, continued to pose a challenge for Ferrari, and he highlighted the thinner tread being used this weekend as a possible factor.
"It was very close but I am very happy", Hamilton said.
"In Q3, the first run, I locked up a little bit into Turn 1 so the first sector was already slow and I tried to get back and recover, but to really fight for pole it was not enough", he said.
"I'm a bit disappointed but it could have been worse". Though Hartley was not hurt, his STR13 suffered too much damage to be repaired in time for qualifying. I didn't have a great feeling on the tires, which have been different the whole weekend.More news: Hawaii asks Trump to declare state of disaster for volcano eruption
"I think tomorrow it will be an interesting race and we'll be close; the same as happened in the last couple of races".
Hamilton's fourth pole in Spain - his third straight - confirms that his Mercedes vehicle is a strong package when it can put the tyres in the right operating window, but the Briton said he was taking nothing for granted with the chasing pack behind him.
International Automobile Federation (FIA) president Jean Todt also told reporters at the Spanish Grand Prix on Sunday that he was always available to any driver who had an issue. "In Q3, on my first attempt with the Supersofts, I made a mistake in turn 1 and went wide; obviously this affected my lap". Even if the start doesn't go in our favour, I think we always have a strong vehicle to keep fighting. The teams spend a lot of time testing here in pre-season, so they know it better than the backs of their hands. "We'll try to make a good start and see how the race pans out".
"All the drivers feedback was "thank you very much, that's what we like", it's more challenging, you see us more exhausted after the race and now you make them slower again! But we're not really asked". They made it clear that they want to move forward rather than backward. The conditions were very tricky out there, the track was unpredictable and it was unclear which tyre to go with.
The race in Barcelona is often pivotal because many teams bring substantial upgrades to their cars which can often shake up the competitive order. I think that is because the working range is far narrower than it was a year ago, so you give it everything on an out lap and you still don't have your tires in the window and they heat the tires up in the blankets.