Raikkonen out in Q1
Former world champion Kimi Räikkönen, returning to Formula One after two years away, failed to get through the first phase of qualifying for the season-opening Australian Grand Prix on Saturday.
The Finn, who won from pole position for Ferrari at Albert Park in 2007, lost control of his Lotus on a corner on his final flying lap and the detour onto the trackside grass cost him a place in the last 17 to contest the second round of qualifying.
The 32-year-old former Sauber, McLaren and Ferrari driver, who won the world title in 2007, also suffered the embarrassment of being soundly outqualified by inexperienced teammate Romain Grosjean.
The Frenchman was also returning after a two year gap, albeit enforced, and showed the pace of the Lotus by finishing third for a place on the second row of the grid behind the McLarens of Lewis Hamilton and Jenson Button.
"Today didn't go quite as planned," said Räikkönen.
"There's no issue with the car, I made a mistake and there was a communication issue so the timing wasn't right to get another lap.
"It cost us a good qualifying position but that's how it goes sometimes. It's not the best start but we'll put it right in the race."
Räikkönen will line up in 18th place on the ninth row of the grid for Sunday's race.
"There's plenty of speed in the car," he added. "For sure we can do better than 18th tomorrow so we'll see what happens."