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
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
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.”