Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying Results: P7

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A tightly contested qualifying session at Suzuka this afternoon saw Kimi and Romain comfortably progress to the final pole position battle ; eventually claiming P8 / P5 in the standings respectively.

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05

Position : Q1 – P4 / Q2 – P3 / Q3 – P8
Best Time : Q1 – 1:32.221 / Q2 – 1:31.826 / Q3 – 1:32.208
Laps Completed : Q1 – 7 / Q2 – 6 / Q3 – 5

Key Moments :
Q1 : 00mins : Install lap ; new hard tyres
Q1 : 09mins : Out for 2 flying laps ; P8 in the early stages
Q1 : 14mins : Fresh soft rubber ; strong lap to take P1
Q1 : 20mins : Ends the session in P4

Q2 : 03mins : Solid first run on scrubbed softs puts the Finn into the top 10
Q2 : 07mins : Brand new softs on ; instant sector improvements throughout final lap
Q2 : 15mins : Chequered flag ; progresses to Q3 in P3

Q3 : 00mins : Sighter lap on used soft tyres
Q3 : 07mins : Fresh softs for one final attempt at the top slot
Q3 : 10mins : Spins out and into the gravel at Spoon curve ; recovers but potential best lap lost
Q3 : 10mins : Final result ; P8


  • Warm, dry conditions throughout ; slightly cooler than Friday due to slightly overcast skies
  • Romain reported mild understeer in Q1 ; this was corrected for the remaining sessions
  • Both drivers easily progressed to the final Q3 session
  • Kimi spun off at T13 (Spoon curve) on his final lap in Q3 ; sector times suggest he could have been in the top 4 had the lap been completed
  • Romain lost a small amount of time in sector 1 ; otherwise may have been a place higher in the final standings
Pos  Driver                Team                 Time            Gap   
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m30.839s
 2.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m31.090s  + 0.251
 3.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m31.294s  + 0.451 *
 4.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m31.700s  + 0.861
 5.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m31.989s  + 1.059
 6.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m32.022s  + 1.183
 7.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m32.114s  + 1.275
 8.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m32.208s  + 1.369
 9.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m32.327s  + 1.488
10.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes no time
Q2 cut-off time: 1m32.272s                                   Gap **
11.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m32.293s  + 0.792
12.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m32.327s  + 0.826
13.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m32.469s  + 0.968
14.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m32.512s  + 1.011
15.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m32.625s  + 1.124
16.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m32.954s  + 1.453
17.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m33.368s  + 1.867
Q1 cut-off time: 1m33.370s                                    Gap *
18.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault     1m33.405s  + 1.376
19.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault     1m34.657s  + 2.628
20.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth    1m35.213s  + 3.184
21.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth         1m35.385s  + 3.356
22.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth    1m35.429s  + 3.400
23.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault     1m35.432s  + 3.403
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth         1m36.734s  + 4.705

* - Five place grid penalty

Lotus team quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 8th: “I spun. I was on a good lap and I was pushing – maybe a little too hard – and lost the rear. It’s a shame as the car feels the best it has all weekend. If the car’s good tomorrow we should be able to move forwards. Let’s see what happens.”

Romain Grosjean – 5th: “Yesterday we had two tricky sessions, so to have both cars in Q3 is a good recovery. We knew it would be very tight in qualifying and I think we could maybe have been one place higher with a cleaner run through the first sector, but the leaders were too quick today. We’re lacking a little bit of downforce at the moment, but with a few minor adjustments overnight and the right strategy I think we can take home a good haul of points tomorrow.”


4 thoughts on “Japanese Grand Prix – Qualifying Results: P7

  1. Thank you again for everything! You’re too good for us. =)


    1. it’s cool Mikko! Everything is for the Kimi fans, the others who don’t like KRS can kiss my butt 🙂


  2. Translation courtesy of Nicole
    Räikkönen rather a quick spinner than a slow eight

    F1 | Turun Sanomat 11:24

    As known Kimi Räikkönen goes hard on himself when he makes a mistake.

    After Saturday’s qualification Räikkönen marched in front of the media in less good mood, however he was looking for something positive also.

    – At that lap I was in a speed of 1.31,5, which would have been enough to come in 4th and due to Button’s penalty 3rd, Räikkönen calculated.

    Now he has to settle for 7th.

    – We have had problems all weekend, but we found the pace to qualification. I rather spin as a fast one than be a slow 8th. At least there is speed in the car, Räikkönen said.

    – Red Bull was way ahead of the others but the speed would have been enough to keep up with them. The goal is to drive points off Fernando Alonso. Hopefully we get the maximum out of the car in the next races, with whatever package we are running.

    Lotus will bring the double-DRS also to Korea in their new update-package.

    Then what happened in the Spoon-corner?

    – I spinned, Räikkönen replied.

    What lead to it?

    – I came a little bit too fast into it, Räikkönen said.

    The soft set of tyres was gone immediately.

    – I was supposed to start the race with them but now we start with different tyres, Räikkönen assured.

    Turun Sanomat




  3. It’s sad he blew such a good chance for top qualifying position. Let’s hope car is fast enough to clear slower cars in front quick enough. It would be a bore-fest if he’ll be stuck behind slow car for fourth race in a row.

    Go Kimi, Suzuka 2005!!!! Show them whos the boss!!!!!


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