Both Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean are happy with their Saturday performance, grabbing 2nd and 6th respectively.
Raikkonen, whose 2nd place is his best qualifying since his return to the sport, was typical in his reply stating that although it’s a good result better was possible, “This is my best qualifying for the team which is good, but of course you always want to be on pole.
“It’s been quite a tricky weekend so far and we’ve had a few small issues with setup, but it’s always difficult to get things exactly how you want them and the car seems to be working well now.
“The tyres will of course be the question mark tomorrow; some people are starting on the primes but we chose the strategy we think will work best. Hopefully we can keep managing the degradation well like we have so far this season and have a good race tomorrow.”
Meanwhile, Romain Grosjean praised the team in fixing the issues which blighted the Enstone based outfit on Wednesday, “Friday was difficult and we missed some time on Saturday morning so it’s been a challenging weekend, but I’m finally back in business. We’ve been chasing some small problems here and there, but the engineers have been working hard and did a fantastic job to get the car to where it is now.
“My first lap on options in Q1 was actually my first of the weekend with those tyres so we had to guess a little on the set up, but I think we did pretty well. Of course you always want to do better, but overall I’m pleased. The car was much better this afternoon so let’s see what we can do in the race.”
Lotus are known for being a team that are light on their tyres which suggests they could be a serious contender for the win tomorrow.
Photo courtesy Lotus F1 Team.