Indian Grand Prix – Qualifying Results: P7

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Kimi will start in P7 – directly behind closest Championship rival Fernando Alonso – on the grid for tomorrow’s Indian Grand Prix, while a tricky session for Romain saw the Frenchman just miss the cut for Q3 at the Buddh International Circuit this afternoon.


  • The dry, bright and warm conditions of the morning continued throughout proceedings
  • Both drivers progressed from Q1 on the silver marked hard compound Pirelli tyres
  • Q2 started under yellow flags after Heikki Kovalainen beached his Caterham in the gravel at the very end of Q1
  • Two strong laps in the final moments of Q2 saw Kimi safely through to the pole position contest
  • Mistakes through T7 on consecutive stints put Romain out of contention at the second hurdle
  • Kimi completed just a single run on fresh soft rubber in the final session

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05

Position: Q1 – P3 / Q2 – P8 / Q3 – P7
Best Time: Q1 – 1:26.740 / Q2 – 1:26.101 / Q3 – 1:26.236
Laps Completed: Q1 – 11 / Q2 – 9 / Q3 – 5

Key Moments:
Q1 – 02mins: Fresh hard rubber for an initial assessment run
Q1 – 08mins: Opening stint at full pace; solidly inside the top 10
Q1 – 19mins: Final lap of the first session; rockets up to P3 on hard tyres
Q1 – 20mins: Chequered flag; P3 for the Finn

Q2 – 00mins: Straight out on scrubbed softs; solid first laps
Q2 – 06mins: Returns to base to monitor the field; slips just outside the top 10
Q2 – 12mins: Moves into P8, stays out for a second attempt and improves to make that position secure
Q2 – 15mins: Session ends; P8 for the Finn

Q3 – 05mins: Emerges on fresh softs for a single stint
Q3 – 07mins: First attempt clinches P4
Q3 – 09mins: Fails to improve on second lap
Q3 – 10mins: Final result; P7 for the Finn

Pos  Driver                Team                 Time         Gap   
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m25.283        
 2.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m25.327  + 0.044
 3.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m25.544  + 0.261
 4.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m25.659  + 0.376
 5.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m25.773  + 0.490
 6.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m25.857  + 0.574
 7.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m26.236  + 0.953
 8.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m26.360  + 1.077
 9.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m26.713  + 1.430
10.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             no time
Q2 cut-off time: 1m26.939s                                   Gap **
11.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m26.136s  + 0.701
12.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercede  1m26.241s  + 0.806
13.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault     1m26.331s  + 0.896
14.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m26.574s  + 1.139
15.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m26.777s  + 1.342
16.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercede  1m26.989s  + 1.554
17.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m27.219s  + 1.784
Q1 cut-off time: 1m27.517s                                 Gap *
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m27.525s  + 1.477
19.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault     1m28.756s  + 2.708
20.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault     1m29.500s  + 3.452
21.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth    1m29.613s  + 3.565
22.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth         1m30.592s  + 4.544
23.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth         1m30.593s  + 4.545
24.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth    1m30.662s  + 4.614


Kimi Raikkonen – 7th: “We changed the car after this morning’s session and we were quite confident heading into qualifying. Unfortunately, we didn’t seem to have any grip this afternoon so it was much more difficult than we thought. I’m quite disappointed to be starting from seventh as I thought we had a much better car than that.”

@adamcooperf1 #F1 Kimi Raikkonen told BBC that he’d changed the car since the morning and it was a “shit decision.” Not sure if that will be aired…

Video: BBC post-qualifying interview

1 thought on “Indian Grand Prix – Qualifying Results: P7

  1. Of course – the 7th means a lot of work during the race… But the missing half second has found alredy; now it has to find back and keep pushing – nothing hasn´t decided yet – it´s autosport, full of surpises! Good luck, Kimi!!


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