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Italian Grand Prix – Qualifying Results: 7th

Source: autosport.com | lotusf1team.com | twitter

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Soaring temperatures in Italy were matched only by the heat of competition at the Autodromo di Monza this afternoon as Kimi and Jérôme took to the track in a tightly packed qualifying session for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.

Qualifying 1 – Key Moments :

00mins : KR & JDA out for first stints on hard tyres
08mins : KR puts in a solid time to sit P9 ; remains in the garage for the remainder of the session
09mins : JDA runs slightly wide out of Lesmo 2 ; in the drop zone at the mid-point
16mins : JDA heads out medium tyres this time, moves up to P17
20mins : Chequered flag ; KR through in P10, JDA also progresses in P17

Qualifying 2 – Key Moments :

00mins : KR & JDA straight out once again ; hard rubber for the Belgian, medium for the Finn
06mins : KR P8 with his first effort, JDA P15
10mins : KR & JDA both out on fresh mediums for a second stint
15mins : Chequered flag ; Kimi moves into Q3 in P10, JDA out in a respectable P16

Qualifying 3 – Key Moments :

00mins : KR remains boxed, opting for just one shot in the pole position shoot out
04mins : KR out for his final track attack ; 3 flying laps on the agenda, improves from first to second lap
09mins : KR crosses the line but does not improve on his final tour
10mins : Chequered flag ; KR takes P8 for tomorrow’s grid

Summary :

A sole E20 at the hands of Kimi took to the track for the final run of the day, which in the Finn’s case was just that ; a single stint of three flying laps at the end of the session as he aimed at the leaders.

Improvement from the first to second lap were enough to put him in contention, but with a final attempt just missing the mark the Iceman had to settle for a solid P8 on the grid for tomorrow’s Italian Grand Prix.

Pos  Driver              Car                   Time       Gap
 1.  Lewis Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.010s
 2.  Jenson Button       McLaren-Mercedes      1m24.133s  + 0.123s
 3.  Felipe Massa        Ferrari               1m24.247s  + 0.237s
 4.  Paul di Resta       Force India-Mercedes  1m24.304s  + 0.294s***
 5.  Michael Schumacher  Mercedes              1m24.540s  + 0.530s
 6.  Sebastian Vettel    Red Bull-Renault      1m24.802s  + 0.792s
 7.  Nico Rosberg        Mercedes              1m24.833s  + 0.823s
 8.  Kimi Raikkonen      Lotus-Renault         1m24.855s  + 0.845s
 9.  Kamui Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari        1m25.109s  + 1.099s
10.  Fernando Alonso     Ferrari               1m25.678s  + 1.668s
Q2 cut-off time: 1m24.742s                                Gap *
11.  Mark Webber         Red Bull-Renault      1m24.809s  + 0.567s
12.  Pastor Maldonado    Williams-Renault      1m24.820s  + 0.578s****
13.  Sergio Perez        Sauber-Ferrari        1m24.901s  + 0.659s
14.  Bruno Senna         Williams-Renault      1m25.042s  + 0.800s
15.  Daniel Ricciardo    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m25.312s  + 1.070s
16.  Jerome d'Ambrosio   Lotus-Renault         1m25.408s  + 1.166s
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne    Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m25.441s  + 1.199s
Q1 cut-off time: 1m25.834s                                Gap **
18.  Heikki Kovalainen   Caterham-Renault      1m26.382s  + 2.207s
19.  Vitaly Petrov       Caterham-Renault      1m26.887s  + 2.712s
20.  Timo Glock          Marussia-Cosworth     1m27.039s  + 2.864s
21.  Charles Pic         Marussia-Cosworth     1m27.073s  + 2.898s
22.  Narain Karthikeyan  HRT-Cosworth          1m27.441s  + 3.266s
23.  Pedro de la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth          1m27.629s  + 3.454s
24.  Nico Hulkenberg     Force India-Mercedes

107 per cent time: 1m30.076s

* Gap to fastest in Q2
** Gap to fastest in Q3
*** Will take five-place penalty
**** Will take 10-place penalty

Video: Sky Sports interview

Lotus team quotes: Raikkonen counts on better race pace

Kimi Raikkonen – 8th: “We didn’t have the speed today but at least we are in the top ten. We’ve been in more or less the same position all weekend so today’s pace was not a big surprise. It’s a long race and usually we are a bit stronger in race conditions. It is possible to overtake here so let’s see what happens tomorrow.”

Jerome d’Ambrosio – 16th: “I have mixed feelings really to be honest. I progressed through to Q2 but it’s frustrating not to have done a bit better as I’m really close in the second and third sectors but I’ve struggling a bit in the first since yesterday. About 60-70 percent of the difference to Kimi is lost there, so there’s a lot of time to be found in just two corners; we need to work on that for tomorrow. There’s a lot to take in for me this weekend so it’s not too bad, but I would have liked a bit more.”

Alan Permane, trackside operations director: “We’re a little disappointed with where we are on the grid for tomorrow’s race, as P6 was our target with Kimi’s car and we missed that by just half a tenth. Kimi had Fernando ahead of his for his last run, which should have given him a nice tow. Unfortunately though, Fernando was not fast on that lap and we were too close to him in the Ascari chicane which cost about a tenth and a half. That’s qualifying sometimes. We’re confident that – with the amount of downforce we have on the car – we can have a strong race. Our tyre degradation is generally less than some of our rivals so that should assist us too. We’re pretty confident we can put in a decent performance and score some good points. It’s been a steep learning curve for D’Ambrosio and he’s done a good job. It’s going to be a difficult race for him tomorrow with the low downforce specification on the car, especially pushing through the chicanes in this configuration. We hope that his progressive improvement over the weekend so far will continue through the race, as anything can happen tomorrow.”

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5 responses

  1. amit

    Kimi should finish in top 5 if not top 3.

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    September 8, 2012 at 1:40 pm

  2. Kimi4WDC

    To be honest, I was dissapointed. I’m not sure if the car was not up for it, but sector times just didn’t add up.

    Said that, quali was weakest point of Lotus this season. Race pace looked strongest for Lotus on par with Mercs. And Kimi topped speed trap. Considering there are two DRS zones, all in all this looks good.

    Can’t wait!

    ps. Good thing Button and Hamilton are closely matched this mean leader wont have very easy get away from the pack, which should buy time for cars behind.

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    September 8, 2012 at 2:36 pm

  3. Senthil

    It was a disappointing qualifying for Kimi..but thats how it happens for Kimi in qualifying ..Hope the race turns out well for him

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    September 8, 2012 at 3:12 pm

  4. Reblogged this on senscribbles.

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    September 8, 2012 at 3:13 pm

  5. erix

    I hope Lotus saving something for the race day. 3 flying laps for qualifying were no good as you gonna loose middle sector lap by lap, although gaining KERS advantage.

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    September 8, 2012 at 3:35 pm

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