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Grosjean: yellow flags stopped me reaching Q3

The Lotus duo were happy with the E22's performance.
Saturday, July 5, 2014

SILVERSTONE, 5th July 2014 (F1 Plus / Rosie Baillie) - Romain Grosjean believes that yellow flags brought out by Esteban Gutierrez at the end of Q2 prevented him from getting through to Q3.

Towards the end of the session Gutierrez ran off the track at Luffield, bringing out the yellow flags which meant no one could improve their lap times.

Q1 was tricky, but fortunately we used slick tyres at the right time. Unfortunately in Q2 I had a yellow flag in turn six otherwise I think that I would have been through to Q3.” Grosjean said.

The Frenchman, who will start the British Grand prix from 11th place, said he was happy with how the E22 performed on Saturday.

“Everyone did a good job, worked very hard and now the car is where I like it to be. I hope that tomorrow it will be the case again and we can go from there and push as hard as we can to score points.”

Teammate Pastor Maldonado benefits from Gutierrez’s and Max Chilton’s grid penalties and will move up from 15th on the grid to 13th.

The Venezuelan had to stop on track towards the end of Q2 as he didn’t have enough fuel in the car for his final run.

“We had a lack of fuel during the second qualifying session which meant I had to stop the car out on track.” he explained.

“The team are investigating to find out what happened as otherwise the car felt good and we had a strong opportunity to be in the top ten.”

Like his teammate, Maldonado was also happy with the way the car was performing.

“The pace was certainly there this morning and the car was doing what I wanted it to do. We had a good strategy through the difficult weather conditions today so naturally I’m a bit disappointed with where we ended up on the grid. Now the focus is to get the best result possible in tomorrow’s race.”

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