October 27th, 2012 (F1plus Team).- Again, things did not go great for the Enstone based team of Lotus as Kimi Raikkonen could only qualified in seventh and teammate Romain Grosjean was not able to have a run for the top ten as he did not make it to Q3.
The Buddh International Circuit saw Lotus a little off and playing catch up with Red Bull (like anyone else), McLaren and Ferrari, and certainly the team does not feel happy about it.
"It was a disappointing result. Kimi had a very good session in the morning and we were looking forward to a strong qualifying. Unfortunately, neither driver felt they had the grip levels they had enjoyed in the morning.
Romain reported poor overall grip in all corners, whereas Kimi had issues with the low speed corners - a nervous car on entry and poor traction on exit - which are typical comments made about a car which is lacking in all round grip." Alan Permane -Trackside Operations Director- said to sumarize the session.
Kimi Raikkonen was clearly frustrated with his times and felt that more could have been achieved.
"We changed the car after this morning’s session and we were quite confident heading in to qualifying. Unfortunately, we didn’t seem to have any grip this afternoon so it was much more difficult than we thought. I’m quite disappointed to be starting from seventh as I thought we had a much better car than that." Raikkonen said.
On the other side, Grosjean did not look as sharp as usual as he could not clocked a time good enough to go to the final round, something that he usually does, since he has only missed that twice this season.
"I was expecting better so I’m a little disappointed, however in terms of strategy P11 has one advantage as you’re the first car that can choose which tyres it will start the race on and I have a couple of new sets in my pocket for tomorrow.
I wish I could have got through into Q3 and lacking two hundredths of a second to make it there was frustrating. On my second timed lap I was doing well, but for whatever reason the car snapped on me and I lost time. It was difficult to get everything right, but we’re looking strong to score some good points tomorrow." A obviosuly confused Grosjean commented.