Malaysian GP: Raikkonen to start 10th after grid penalty

Updated: Mar 23, 2013, 18:40 PM IST

Sepang: Kimi Raikkonen of Lotus set the seventh fastest time in a rain affected qualifying of the Formula 1 Malaysian Grand Prix here on Saturday. The Finn will however start Sunday`s race from tenth position after receiving a three place grid penalty for blocking Mercedes driver Nico Rosberg.

Raikkonen`s teammate Romain Grosjean was eleventh fastest after the rain scuppered his Q2 lap on new tyres; forcing him to abort his final attempt.

Raikkonen, who won the season opener in Melbourne, said, "We weren`t quick enough on the intermediates so I don`t think we could have found much more time in the wet today. For sure I wanted more but it is what it is and I hope we`ll do better Sunday. It`s obviously disappointing to lose three places on the grid, but we`ll have to see what happens in the race. I have no idea what the weather will do, but it will be the same for everyone."

Lotus technical director James Allison felt the race is "likely to be a stern test of driver and team".