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USA Grand Prix – Qualifying Results

Source: autosport.com | lotusf1team.com | twitter

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Lotus showed very strong form in fourth and fifth with Romain Grosjean and Kimi Raikkonen, although the former will drop back five places due to a gearbox change penalty.

Summary

  • Significantly warmer conditions after a chilled morning practice session saw lap times rapidly tumble
  • The session began with Romain’s car still in the garage as the team completed a gearbox change
  • The white marked medium compound Pirelli tyres were used by both drivers through each phase
  • Both Kimi and Romain progressed easily from Q1, making a relatively straightforward passage to Q3 shortly afterwards
  • Romain will take a five place grid penalty following his gearbox change from FP3

Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05

Position: Q1 – P12 / Q2 – P10 / Q3 – P4
Best Time: Q1 – 1:38.051 / Q2 – 1:37.404 / Q3 – 1:36.708
Laps Completed: Q1 – 11 / Q2 – 20 / Q3 – 26

Key Moments:
Q1 – 00mins: Straight out of the box for a banker run on hard tyres
Q1 – 07mins: Drops through the pit lane for a switch to medium rubber
Q1 – 10mins: Goes P2 at the halfway stage; narrowly behind his team-mate
Q1 – 20mins: Safely graduates from the first phase in P11

Q2 – 00mins: Immediately departs the garage on scrubbed mediums
Q2 – 03mins: Slippery moment through T19 but recovers to set a strong initial lap
Q2 – 09mins: Consistent improvements over a relatively long stint to sneak inside the top ten
Q2 – 12mins: Emerges for another run; fails to improve
Q2 – 15mins: Edges through to the final session in P10

Q3 – 04mins: Begins first stint on fresh medium rubber; fairly average opening attempt
Q3 – 08mins: Leaves it late to complete final run; significant improvement to break into the top five
Q3 – 10mins: Chequered flag; P5 for the Finn

Pos  Driver                Team                 Time          Gap   
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault     1m35.657s
 2.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes     1m35.766s  + 0.109
 3.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault     1m36.174s  + 0.517
 4.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault        1m36.587s  + 1.051
 5.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault        1m36.708s  + 1.137
 6.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes             1m36.794s  + 1.280
 7.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari              1m36.937s  + 1.484
 8.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes 1m37.141s  + 1.643
 9.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari              1m37.300s  + 0.930
10.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault     1m37.842s  + 2.185
Q2 cut-off time: 1m37.404s                                   Gap **
11.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault     1m37.604s   + 1.808
12.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes     1m37.616s   + 1.820
13.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes 1m37.665s   + 1.869
14.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m37.879s   + 2.083
15.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari       1m38.206s   + 2.410
16.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari       1m38.437s   + 2.641
17.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes             1m38.501s   + 2.705
Q1 cut-off time: 1m38.862s                                  Gap *
18.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari   1m39.114s   + 2.556
19.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth    1m40.056s   + 3.498
20.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth    1m40.664s   + 4.106
21.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault     1m40.809s   + 4.251
22.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault     1m41.166s   + 4.608
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth         1m42.011s   + 5.453
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth         1m42.740s   + 6.182

Lotus team quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 5th: “I was actually expecting a more difficult qualifying session today, but the car was the best it’s felt all weekend so it turned out to be quite good. The set-up is still not exactly how I want it but it’s much closer. The warmer conditions make the car work much better and that certainly makes a difference. Starting on the dirty side of the grid maybe isn’t the best; we’ll have to hope that the circuit picks up a little more grip for the race tomorrow.”

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