Italian Grand Prix – Results: 5th

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A hard fought race for Lotus F1 Team at Monza this afternoon saw Kimi take a battling P5 to move up to P3 in the Drivers’ Championship, while stand-in driver Jérôme D’Ambrosio drove a controlled race in his first Grand Prix appearance for almost a year.

Key Moments :

Lap 01 : Clean starts for KR & JDA ; the Finn gains a place, the Belgian maintains position
Lap 02 : KR passed by ALO into the Rettifilo chicane ; back to P7
Lap 06 : JDA gains a place courtesy of a suspension failure for VER
Lap 11 : JDA reports KERS issues ; passed by RIC for P15
Lap 15 : JDA relegated another position by HUL
Lap 16 : KR moves up to P6 as MSC pits ; instantly 0.5s per lap quicker
Lap 17 : KR loses that position almost instantly to PER ; pits for hard tyres straight afterwards and emerges behind JDA
Lap 27 : JDA runs wide on the exit of Lesmo 2 ; tyres starting to fade
Lap 31 : JDA heads back to base for hard rubber
Lap 34 : KR & JDA both promoted one place after BUT retires
Lap 37 : KR loses out to PER into the Rettifilo chicane
Lap 38 : KR down another position ; this time to HUL but regains a place as MSC pits
Lap 42 : KR sets his fastest lap of the race
Lap 48 : JDA gains a spot at VET retires
Lap 51 : JDA up two more as HUL and WEB pull out
Lap 53 : Chequered flag ; KR P5, JDA P13

Summary :

A clean getaway for both drivers saw Kimi move up one place to P7 while Jérôme maintained his P15 starting slot ; almost taking two cars at the first bend with a daring move before deciding that discretion was the better part of valour. Medium tyres were the weapon of choice for the pair during the first stint, with a switch to the hard option later in the race.

A race of punch and counter punch for the Finn saw some intense battles with Fernando [Alonso], Michael [Schumacher] and Sergio [Perez] as the 2007 World Champion fought hard for every position throughout the race ; another strong performance from the Iceman moves him up to P3 in the Drivers’ Championship.

For Jérôme, it was a race of frustration ; losing his KERS early on after a decent start, the Belgian drove admirably on his debut for the team to finish two positions higher than his starting point. Despite a minor off-track excursion at Lesmo 2, the team’s third driver managed his tyres well to complete a long first stint and bring the E20 safely home in his first race for almost a year.


Classified:

Pos  Driver        Team                       Time
 1.  Hamilton      McLaren-Mercedes           1h19:41.221
 2.  Perez         Sauber-Ferrari             +     4.356
 3.  Alonso        Ferrari                    +    20.594
 4.  Massa         Ferrari                    +    29.667
 5.  Raikkonen     Lotus-Renault              +    30.881
 6.  Schumacher    Mercedes                   +    31.259
 7.  Rosberg       Mercedes                   +    33.550
 8.  Di Resta      Force India-Mercedes       +    41.057
 9.  Kobayashi     Sauber-Ferrari             +    43.898
10.  Senna         Williams-Renault           +    48.144
11.  Maldonado     Williams-Renault           +    48.682
12.  Ricciardo     Toro Rosso-Ferrari         +    50.316
13.  d'Ambrosio    Lotus-Renault              +  1:15.861
14.  Kovalainen    Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
15.  Petrov        Caterham-Renault           +     1 lap
16.  Pic           Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
17.  Glock         Marussia-Cosworth          +     1 lap
18.  De la Rosa    HRT-Cosworth               +     1 lap
19.  Karthikeyan   HRT-Cosworth               +     1 lap
20.  Webber        Red Bull-Renault           +    2 laps
21.  Hulkenberg    Force India-Mercedes       +    3 laps
22.  Vettel        Red Bull-Renault           +    6 laps

Fastest lap: Rosberg, 1:27.239

Not classified/retirements:

Driver        Team                         On lap
Button        McLaren-Mercedes             32
Vergne        Toro Rosso-Ferrari           8

World Championship standings, round 13:

Drivers:                    Constructors:             
 1.  Alonso       179        1.  Red Bull-Renault          272
 2.  Hamilton     142        2.  McLaren-Mercedes          243
 3.  Raikkonen    141        3.  Ferrari                   226
 4.  Vettel       140        4.  Lotus-Renault             217
 5.  Webber       132        5.  Mercedes                  126
 6.  Button       101        6.  Sauber-Ferrari            100
 7.  Rosberg       83        7.  Force India-Mercedes       63
 8.  Grosjean      76        8.  Williams-Renault           54
 9.  Perez         65        9.  Toro Rosso-Ferrari         12
10.  Massa         47
11.  Schumacher    43
12.  Kobayashi     35
13.  Di Resta      32
14.  Hulkenberg    31
15.  Maldonado     29
16.  Senna         25
17.  Vergne         8
18.  Ricciardo      4

Video : post-race Sky Sports interview with Kimi

 

Lotus team quotes :

Kimi Raikkonen – 5th: “It’s good to go into third position in the Drivers’ Championship but we lost some points to Fernando which is not ideal. It was a difficult weekend as we were too slow in a straight line, making it very difficult to hold off anyone and even with the DRS it was difficult to overtake the cars in front. We did the one stop strategy and the tyres were fine. We came into the race looking for sixth or seventh so fifth is the maximum we could have done here this weekend.”

Jerome D’Ambrosio – 13th: “It was a pretty long and difficult race for me today. After losing my KERS on lap 6 it was always going to be tough as that’s worth about half a second per lap around here. I got a good start and was up fighting with Daniel – Ricciardo) and Nico – Rosberg), but once I lost that extra boost it was impossible to keep up and I dropped back. My last stint on the medium tyres in clean air was pretty good and I didn’t make many mistakes, so maybe with a bit more luck we could have had a slightly better result. My main aim was to finish the race and I’ve achieved that so it’s not so bad overall. It was great to be back in the car and especially with such a fantastic team; I’ve learnt a lot this weekend.”

Alan Permane, Lotus trackside operations director: “We weren’t looking forward to coming to Monza as it doesn’t play to the strengths of our car so we’re very happy to come away with fifth place from Kimi. He drove exceptionally well at a circuit where we knew we weren’t going to be super competitive. It’s fantastic that he has moved up into third place in the Drivers’ Championship, and is now just one point off second. Jérôme had one arm tied behind his back with a KERS failure very early in the race and KERS is worth a significant amount of time here. He did a very credible job despite this, and his pace on the medium compound tyre in the second part of the race was pretty good. We now move to a circuit which we feel should really suit our car so we’re looking forward to the flyaways.”

Eric Boullier, Lotus team principal: “From this weekend I don’t think we could have expected better. The key to a good championship position at the end of the season is always scoring points, even when it is a difficult weekend. Kimi delivered exactly as we wanted from him today and moving to third in the standings is a just reward. We are still in contact with those ahead of us in both Championships with seven races to go. Jerome did an amazing job after being thrown in at the deep end. Without his KERS issue I’m pretty sure he could have achieved a points finish. We are optimistic that from Singapore onwards we will be much more competitive due to the circuit layout and updates we have coming, meaning we will be able to score more points in every race.”

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5 responses

  1. Gio

    Keep fighting Kimi, although I don’t see lotus at singapore. The car is weak at street circuits but you never know. btw alonso, boy oh boy if Kimi had all the help Alonso gets he would undoubtedly be triple world champion.
    One moment I will never forget is Turkey GP 2005, Kimi first and Montoya second. Then suddenly Montoya losses it (for no reason at all) and lets alonso pass. So, Alonso gets help even from rivals. He is top class, but he will never be in my books.

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    September 9, 2012 at 2:31 pm

    • erix

      Add Belgian GP 2005 afterward

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      September 9, 2012 at 3:31 pm

    • sharon

      That’s why I don’t respect ALO anymore.
      Kimi is different from of ALO, and he will never do that kind of thing like what ALO ever did!

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      September 9, 2012 at 6:18 pm

  2. ronin4444

    from what i’v seen the others have improved their package more than lotus, even sauber could have a greater car.

    I see hamilton and button moving forward in the championship, kimi staying ahead of either one of the red bull cars in the standings would be a job well done

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    September 9, 2012 at 4:18 pm

  3. Kimi4WDC

    Yes, I was very dissapointed for whole race, luckly they managed to hold off P5. Car just not good enough it seems, I wonder if the Device took too much focus off the development. And knowing Lotus and their wierd decisions at times, I hope they will not give up on development until the last race or they deserve to loose Kimi.

    Lost 5 points to leader, but good damage control all things considering.

    Go Kimi go Lotus, WDC awaits!!!!!

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    September 10, 2012 at 12:13 am

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