Lotus will be hoping for a much improved performance on race-day in Monza, with both drivers failing to make it to the third Qualifying session.
Kimi Raikkonen was hoping for a bounce-back after his first retirement in 38 races, but qualified eleventh, whilst Romain Grosjean, who missed last year’s race due to a one-race ban, also struggled and qualified thirteenth.
“We were just not fast enough today,” Kimi said. “We have been suffering a bit all weekend so far and it was the same today. It just isn’t our kind of circuit and layout where we have to run small wings. The car behaved pretty okay but we just didn’t have the downforce to go fast through the corners with our low drag package. Hopefully tomorrow will be a bit better but I’m not expecting any big surprises. In any case we will do the best we can.”
Meanwhile, Grosjean echoed Kimi’s sentiments, saying, “Today was difficult for us as we had no grip. I was quite surprised at how it went in free practice yesterday, but today was simply a different story. The aerodynamic configuration for Monza isn’t an easy one and it didn’t go the way we would have liked it to go. I hope that we find grip levels for tomorrow and are able to deliver as good a race as we can.”