A good day at the office for Lotus will see Romain Grosjean start third on the grid for tomorrow’s Hungarian Grand Prix, while Kimi Raikkonen starts sixth.
The Frenchman, who has been under intense pressure regarding his 2014 seat recently, had topped the morning’s Free Practice 3 session before coming incredibly close to taking a front row spot on the grid – only beaten by Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel. Raikkonen was a further three spots down in sixth place.
“It’s been a good weekend so far with the car consistently showing strong pace,” An obviously cheery Grosjean said. “Setting the fastest time in practice this morning was a good sign, and the car was handling really well throughout each qualifying session.
Lewis set a very quick time, but we’re not too far from Sebastian and anything could happen in the race depending on the tyres. I think tomorrow will be very open and a lot will depend on strategy, traffic and things like that, so if we can put everything together there’s the strong possibility for a good result.”
Meanwhile, Kimi was understandably less cheerful than his younger team-mate: “It hasn’t been the easiest weekend for me so far.” He said. “Maybe the new tyres are a bit different – especially on the front – so it’s been hard to find a good setup.
“We’re getting there little by little and the car was definitely better in qualifying than at any other point this weekend. Obviously P6 is not ideal, but it’s better than we have seen sometimes so we’ll try and see what we can do tomorrow. It’s not so easy to overtake here, but we have seen in past years that if you can run with the tyres well you can make a lot of places, so let’s see what we can do.”