Belgium Grand Prix – Qualifying Results: 4th
A tense qualifying session from start to finish saw both Lotus F1 Team drivers make the pole position shoot-out, but ultimately struggle to bring the best out of the E20 in a closely fought battle for positions on tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix grid.
Pos Driver Car Time Gap 1. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m47.573s 2. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m47.871s + 0.298s 3. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m47.893s + 0.320s 4. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m48.205s + 0.632s 5. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m48.219s + 0.646s 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m48.313s + 0.740s 7. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m48.392s + 0.819s*** 8. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m48.394s + 0.821s 9. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m48.538s + 0.965s 10. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m48.890s + 1.317s Q2 cut-off time: 1m48.993s Gap * 11. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m49.722s + 0.472s 12. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m49.362s + 0.112s 13. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m49.742s + 0.492s 14. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m49.588s + 0.338s 15. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m49.763s + 0.513s 16. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m49.572s + 0.322s 17. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m49.958s + 0.708s Q1 cut-off time: 1m50.126s Gap ** 18. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m50.181s + 1.188s*** 19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m51.739s + 2.746s 20. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m51.967s + 2.974s 21. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m52.336s + 3.343s 22. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m53.030s + 4.037s 23. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m53.493s + 4.500s 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m54.989s + 5.996s
Qualifying 3 – Key Moments :
00mins : KR flies out of the traps for an early run ; medium tyres for the Finn
01mins : RG follows on the same rubber
04mins : KR settles into P2 with his first timed run, RG aborts his lap and returns to base
07mins : KR & RG both out for final assaults on the circuit ; medium rubber for both
10mins : Both struggle during their final efforts ; KR eventually clinching P4, RG crossing the line to take P9
With just two drivers – Kimi alongside Jenson [Button] – posting times in the initial stages of the third session, the battle for pole was a frantic affair.
With both E20s looking good in the previous phases, it was all or nothing as the field grew increasingly tight. Unfortunately for the pair, minor mistakes in each of their laps meant that the early promise remained unfulfilled ; Kimi eventually clinching P4 and Romain P9 on a congested grid for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix.
Qualifying 2 – Key Moments :
00mins : RG first out of the team garage on hard tyres
02mins : KR follows on the medium compound
04mins : RG up to P3 despite using the harder rubber
05mins : KR goes fastest on his mediums ; remains parked in the garage for the remainder of the session
13mins : Final attack for RG to make certain of a Q3 appearance ; abandons lap after being confirmed in the top 10 late on
15mins : Chequered flag : KR P2 / RG P8
Qualifying 1 – Key Moments :
02mins : RG out on hard tyres
11mins : KR follows on the same rubber
13mins : RG out for a 2nd stint ; medium compound tyres this time
17mins : KR jumps up to P3 on the medium rubber
19mins : KR slips to P5, RG blocked on his final flyer ; tense finish for the Frenchman
20mins : Chequered flag ; KR P5, RG sneaks through in P17
Video: Raikkonen’s Q3 qualifying lap
Kimi Raikkonen – 4th: “It wasn’t the easiest of qualifying sessions. The car is okay but it doesn’t look like we have the speed that some others have and we were certainly not quick enough for pole today. The race is a different story. On the grid we’re in front of the guys who are ahead of us in the championship so we’ll try to score more points than them.”
Romain Grosjean – 9th: “That wasn’t my best qualifying ever and I struggled a little bit. I had traffic in Q1 and I didn’t feel as confident with the car as I would like. You can see how close it was in the top ten so I suffered from not having everything exactly as I wanted, especially on the softer compound. Missing yesterday’s practice because of the weather didn’t help either as any time in the car is always beneficial, especially for a long lap like Spa. I’m sure the car will be good in the race and we should have a good strategy.”
Alan Permane, trackside operations director: “A little disappointing to be honest as we hoped for a bit more than that today. Kimi didn’t quite get a perfect lap and Romain wasn’t happy with the setup of his car. The car looks to have been unusually difficult today, with some inconsistency making it difficult to extract the best lap time. This is unexpected, as previously this season we’ve been able to find a good setup very rapidly when there has been limited running. We’re looking forward to a strong race and there looks to be no weakness in the car or our race strategy. The race will be about tyre management as the loads on the tyres are very high here. If there are no strategic dramas we hope to bring home another good points’ haul.”
Like it, share it with other Kimi fans!
- Click to share on Google+ (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)
- Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)
- Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.