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Grosjean carries Lotus in Qualifying

The Frenchman will start from third while teammate Kimi Raikkonen from sixth for the 2013 Hungarian Grand Prix.
Saturday, July 27, 2013

July 27th, 2013 (F1lus).- Only twice in the last eight races at Hungaroring have seen the pole sitter to win race, and that of course is good news for the Lotus team and both of its drivers.

Romain Grosjean keeps showing his determination to extend his contract and fought had for an excellent third best time in Q3 during today’s qualifying session.

Last race the Frenchman finished third and chances are high for him to repeat a podium finish, and keeps adding pressure to his team management regarding his future.

“It’s been a good weekend so far with the car consistently showing strong pace. Setting the fastest time in practice this morning was a good sign, and the car was handling really well throughout each qualifying session. “ Romain said in reference to the overall good weekend he has had so far.

“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. If we can put everything together there’s the strong possibility for a good result". An optimistic Grosjean concluded.

His teammate and title contender did not seem as solid and have to be happy with a sixth best.

The Finn’s E21 looked wobbly at the end of Q3, but Lotus’ good tyre management should play well under these hot temperatures, so both drivers should do well tomorrow. How well is up to see.

Raikkonen might be taking the long route to adapt to the news rubbers, but expect the Finn to do better learn quickly.

“It hasn’t been the easiest weekend for me so far. 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.” A hopeful but cautious Raikkonen said.

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