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Canada Grand Prix – Qualifying Results: P12

Source: autosport.com | report: lotusf1team.com | twitter |

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Qualifying for the Canadian Grand Prix saw Kimi and Romain separated in the standings for the first time all weekend, as the Frenchman quickly found his feet at the Montréal circuit while the Finn narrowly missed the cut for the pole position shoot-out.

Qualifying 1

Both drivers sailed through to the second session with strong early laps set on the yellow marked soft compound Pirelli tyres. Kimi emerged briefly on the super soft tyres to put a banker time on the board, pushing the Finn into the top 10.

Key Moments:

9mins: Both drivers set strong mid-session times to sit side-by-side, well inside the top 10
12mins: Rivals begin to emerge on super soft tyres, times begin to tumble with the Finn and Frenchman sliding down the order
15mins: Kimi emerges for a stint on the super softs
20mins: Romain remains in the pits, just making it through without having to use the super softs. Kimi jumps up to P9 on his final lap using the option tyres

Qualifying 2

Kimi and Romain departed the garage on the red marked super soft compound Pirelli tyres, which were used throughout. Romain put in a strong lap at the death to progress to the pole position shoot-out in P7, Kimi meanwhile made an early exit in P12.

Key Moments:

5mins: Romain sets his first flying lap; good enough for P8 in the early stages
7mins: Kimi jumps into the top 10 with his initial effort
12mins: Both drivers emerge for their final stints
15mins: Romain crosses the line with a last gasp effort to take P7; Kimi fails to improve, exiting qualifying in P12

Qualifying 3

The sole remaining E20 in the hands of Romain set a time good enough for P2 at the halfway stage, emerging with moments to spare for a last attempt on fresh super soft tyres and taking a final grid slot of P7.

Key Moments:

5mins: Romain sets his first time; initially occupying P2
8mins: The Frenchman starts his final stint on a new set of super soft tyres, taking P7 with his last lap of the day

Pos--Driver---------------Team-----------------Time----------Gap 
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m13.784s         
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m14.087s + 0.303 
 3.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m14.151s + 0.367 
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m14.346s + 0.562 
 5.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m14.411s + 0.627 
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m14.465s + 0.681 
 7.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m14.645s + 0.861 
 8.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m14.705s + 0.921 
 9.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m14.812s + 1.028 
10.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m15.182s + 1.398 
Q2 cut-off time: 1m14.680s Gap **
11.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m14.688s  + 0.501
12.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m14.734s  + 0.547
13.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m14.748s  + 0.561
14.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m15.078s  + 0.891
15.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m15.156s  + 0.969
16.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault     1m15.170s  + 0.983
17.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m15.231s  + 1.044
Q1 cut-off time: 1m15.552s Gap *
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault     1m16.263s  + 1.602
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault     1m16.482s  + 1.821
20.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m16.602s  + 1.941
21.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth         1m17.492s  + 2.831
22.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth    1m17.901s  + 3.240
23.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth    1m18.255s  + 3.594
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth         1m18.330s  + 3.669

Lotus team quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 12th: “Obviously it’s disappointing to go out in Q2 but we had some issues with the differential which meant the car wasn’t handling as it should. When the grid is so tight it makes a big difference not having the car exactly as you like it. Still, we had no issues on the long runs yesterday, we have options to choose from with the tyres, and the warmer weather is definitely suiting us better so hopefully we can put everything right before tomorrow and go from there. The race is where it counts, so let’s see what we can do.”

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Canada Grand Prix – Final Practice Results

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Perfect conditions for Free Practice 3 at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve this morning saw Kimi and Romain conduct extensive work on the two Pirelli tyre compounds; the pair placing their E20’s firmly inside the top 10 to finish line astern for the third consecutive session.

Clear blue skies and glorious sunshine created the ideal setting for the final practice session of the weekend this morning. Kimi and Romain flew out of the traps for their install laps at the very start of the session, both sporting fresh sets of the yellow marked soft compound Pirelli tyres.

With 10 minutes elapsed, Kimi emerged for his first run and instantly lit up the timing screens; going fastest for a brief moment before being ousted by Jenson Button. Romain followed shortly afterwards; his initial effort placing him in P5.

20 minutes into the session and a slight hindrance as Jean-Eric Vergne parked his Toro Rosso in the barriers at Turn 2, but luckily just yellow flags this time around resulting in minimal impact on running.

With 20 minutes to go, Kimi had put some good mileage under the wheels of his E20 as the Finn continued to tinker with setup options on the soft tyres, while Romain had certainly shown no signs of his inexperience at this circuit; planting his car firmly inside the top 5 with his first effort on the super softs.

10 minutes remaining and both drivers took to the track for their final runs; identical sets of red marked super soft compound Pirelli tyres for both E20s. The pair immediately jumped into the top 10; Kimi in P7 and Romain in P6.

With just moments remaining, Kimi found himself all crossed up coming into the final chicane and opted to abandon what had been looking like a quick lap by plunging into the pit lane mid-corner, joined in the garage shortly afterwards by his team-mate as the final few minutes of running ticked away.

As the chequered flag dropped on an incredibly tight session – the top 15 drivers covered by just over a second – a flurry of late activity saw a significant re-shuffle of the order. Once the dust settled, Kimi finished the morning in P9 with a fastest time of 1:14.977 from 21 laps, while Romain heads into qualifying having set a lap good enough for P8 – his best effort a 1:14.873 from 20 laps.

Pos--Driver--------------Team------------------Time--------------Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m14.442            22
 2.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m14.448s  + 0.006  17
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m14.712s  + 0.270  19
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m14.724s  + 0.282  21
 5.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m14.755s  + 0.313  22
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m14.767s  + 0.325  21
 7.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m14.796s  + 0.354  19
 8.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m14.873s  + 0.431  20
 9.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m14.977s  + 0.535  21
10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m14.992s  + 0.550  22
11.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m15.067s  + 0.625  19
12.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m15.112s  + 0.670  21
13.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m15.126s  + 0.684  24
14.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1m15.237s  + 0.795  22
15.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m15.327s  + 0.885  22
16.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m15.498s  + 1.056  19
17.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m16.268s  + 1.826  24
18.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m16.545s  + 2.103  20
19.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m17.705s  + 3.263  21
20.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m17.974s  + 3.532  23
21.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m18.189s  + 3.747  21
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m18.684s  + 4.242  23
23.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    no time             3 
24.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              no time             1

Kimi Q&A: I think we should be in good shape

Source: lotusf1team.com

P15 for Kimi in both Free Practice sessions at the Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve yesterday after an intense programme of setup work for the Finn. Although the result may not seem so positive, the 2007 World Champion is optimistic about his chances for the weekend…

Q: Kimi, how was your first day back on track in Canada?

KR: It was a bit of a strange day yesterday. We expected there to be rain in the afternoon so we tried to do all the running we needed in the morning session and used most of our super soft tyres in the process. We didn’t really lose anything by doing this as the conditions were pretty much the same in second session. We achieved what we wanted; we tried a few different things with the setup, and our position in the times did not tell the full story of where we’ll be this weekend.

Q: How did the E20 feel around Montréal? From what you’ve seen so far, will making the super soft tyres last be an issue?

KR: Overall the car felt ok. It was quite cool yesterday and we were probably missing a bit of grip compared to what we’d like, but it’s due to get warmer during the rest of the weekend which should suit us a bit more and also help get the tyres working better. We had no problems with tyre degradation at all during either session. I did over twenty laps with one set and they seemed to be fine so I think we should be in good shape.

Q: Does being down in P15 during both sessions today concern you at all?

KR: I’ve been around that kind of position during practice at every race this year and it’s always worked out ok so far! I’ve said all along, it doesn’t matter what position you are in practice as long as you get the work done that you need and learn everything you can before the weekend. At the end of the day there are no points for practice – you can be top of every test session, but if you can’t compete on Sunday it means nothing.