Abu Dhabi GP – Qualifying: 5th!
A solid overall performance in qualifying at the Yas Marina Circuit this afternoon will see Kimi and Romain take up P5 / P10 respectively on the grid for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.
- Rapidly cooling conditions as the sun began to fade saw distinct track variations as the sessions progressed
- Both drivers graduated safely to the second phase without using the yellow marked soft compound Pirelli tyre
- Clean running for the pair throughout proceedings gave a good chance to test the pace of the E20 un-hindered
- The stewards have chosen to investigate Romain for an unsafe release in Q2; result pending
Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05
Position: Q1 – P9 / Q2 – P5 / Q3 – P5
Best Time: Q1 – 1:42.222 / Q2 – 1:41.532 / Q3 – 1:41.260
Laps Completed: Q1 – 8 / Q2 – 6 / Q3 – 6
Q1 – 02mins: Puts in an early banker lap on fresh medium rubber
Q1 – 06mins: First competitive run; goes P2
Q1 – 14mins: Second stint; another set of new mediums
Q1 – 20mins: Progresses to Q2 in P9
Q2 – 00mins: Straight out on brand new soft tyres
Q2 – 03mins: Goes quickest with opening effort; knocked off shortly afterwards by his team-mate
Q2 – 10mins: Second stint on fresh soft rubber; again mixing it at the front
Q2 – 15mins: Chequered flag; takes P6 secure a place in Q3
Q3 – 00mins: Eager to hit the track; waits for the green light at the end of the pit-lane with a set of scrubbed softs
Q3 – 08mins: Impressive last gasp attempt to move firmly into the top five as the remaining cars crossed the line
Q3 – 10mins: Final result; P10 on the grid for the Finn
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton McLaren-Mercedes 1m40.630s 2. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m40.978s + 0.348 3. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m41.073s + 0.443 4. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m41.226s + 0.596 5. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m41.260s + 0.630 6. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 1m41.290s + 0.660 7. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m41.582s + 0.952 8. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m41.603s + 0.973 9. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m41.723s + 1.093 10. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m41.778s + 1.148 Q2 cut-off time: 1m41.907s Gap ** 11. Nico Hulkenberg Force India-Mercedes 1m42.019s + 1.118 12. Sergio Perez Sauber-Ferrari 1m42.084s + 1.183 13. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m42.218s + 1.317 14. Michael Schumacher Mercedes 1m42.289s + 1.388 15. Bruno Senna Williams-Renault 1m42.330s + 1.429 16. Kamui Kobayashi Sauber-Ferrari 1m42.606s + 1.705 17. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m42.765s + 1.864 Q1 cut-off time: 1m43.582s Gap * 18. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m44.058s + 2.561 19. Heikki Kovalainen Caterham-Renault 1m44.956s + 3.459 20. Charles Pic Marussia-Cosworth 1m45.089s + 3.592 21. Vitaly Petrov Caterham-Renault 1m45.151s + 3.654 22. Timo Glock Marussia-Cosworth 1m45.426s + 3.929 23. Pedro de la Rosa HRT-Cosworth 1m45.766s + 4.269 24. Narain Karthikeyan HRT-Cosworth 1m46.382s + 4.885
Kimi Raikkonen – 5th: “Qualifying was good. The car hasn’t felt fantastic all weekend but we decided we weren’t going to change the car’s set-up from where it was for the last race. It was the right choice because in the end the circuit came to us in qualifying where the car was the best it has been so far here. We’ll give tomorrow our best shot; Let’s see if we can make a good start to get right behind the Red Bulls, and then we’ll see what happens after that.”
Romain Grosjean – 10th: “It wasn’t a great qualifying lap for me today, and P10 is not where we want to be on the grid. In the last run in Q3 I had no grip so wasn’t able to find more pace. The car had felt fine before that and we looked good through the other qualifying sessions. It just means I have some more work to do in the race and I think there’s more to come from me and the car.”
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