Kimi: “Frustrating weekend but important thing is points for championship”
A frustrating weekend for Kimi nonetheless culminated in a top ten finish and more points on the board in Montréal. Despite hoping for more from the Canadian Grand Prix, the Iceman looks at the positives moving ahead to Valencia…
Q: Kimi, a tough race in Canada yesterday; what was your view of events?
KR: The result was not too bad in the end. We improved a few places from our starting position – including one on the first lap – but we could have been a few positions higher up if things had gone differently for us. I got stuck behind slower cars for quite a long time and unfortunately when we made the pit stop we couldn’t quite get the jump on them. It’s a shame but that’s racing.
Q: You had a few issues with the car in qualifying; how did it feel compared to the rest of the weekend?
KR: The car was much better in the race for sure. Obviously we had the hydraulic issue which meant the diff wasn’t working properly in qualifying, but even without that I think the higher temperatures yesterday helped us and I could push the car much more than in the previous sessions. I wasn’t completely happy with it, but it was a big improvement and we’ve seen the car go well at another different circuit which is encouraging for the future.
Q: Overtaking was predicted to be much easier here than at some other tracks, but it seemed more difficult than initially suggested…
KR: We thought it would be ok, but it wasn’t so easy to overtake in the end. The DRS zone wasn’t very long and it didn’t last for the whole straight, so it was hard to get a good tow from the car in front. If we had been a bit higher up in qualifying I think it would have made a big difference, but that’s how it goes sometimes.
Q: If you could sum up the weekend, what would you say?
KR: A bit frustrating overall as I think we could have achieved more from the weekend. Still, we’ve gained more points for the championship which is the most important thing, so we’ll move on and try to do better next time.
Lotus boss Eric Boullier:
Grosjean is now just two points behind team-mate Kimi Raikkonen in the drivers’ standings, and Boullier says that extra work needs to be done in also helping the Finn improve his qualifying performances.
“We definitely need to help Kimi, as they have different driving styles,” he said. “We had this issue in Canada with the differential which doesn’t help, but we need to work on helping him qualify better. For the race there is no issue.”