| Source: lotusf1team.com |
It’s been a tough weekend for the Iceman, who heads into tomorrow’s Canadian Grand Prix seeking a change in both fortunes and the skies…
Q: How was your qualifying session?
KR: We didn’t have grip in these conditions so we did pretty much all we could do, but if there’s no grip you can’t go faster. In this weather it’s difficult as sometimes the rain gets harder and sometimes the track is drying, so you have to try to be out there when the circuit’s at its best. P9 on the grid is not what we want so we’ll have to see what we can do in the race tomorrow.
Q: Was getting tyre temperature the reason for the struggle for pace?
KR: This kind of weather doesn’t seem to be that good for us. We don’t seem to be able to get the tyres working as well as we should be which makes it very difficult to get a quick lap out of the car.
Q: Do you think there are better prospects for the race?
KR: We’ll have to see how the weather is. Some forecasts say it’s going to be dry, some say that it’s going to be wet. If it’s dry, we’ll have a better opportunity and we’ll see what we can do. If the weather’s like it is today then it’ll be a harder race for us, but you never know what could happen.
Q: How does the car feel in the dry?
KR: It was okay, not too bad. This morning we only had a few laps on the dry tyres and it was better than yesterday for sure. It’s hard to say how it will be with a full fuel load but hopefully we’ll be a bit stronger than the opposition. I’m sure the car will be much better if it’s dry than it was today in the wet.
Q: Any further predictions?
KR: It’s probably not going to be one of our strongest weekends, but we’ll do the best we can.
Canadian Grand Prix qualifying had been red-flagged due to Felipe Massa’s crash at Turn 3, and as the session resumed with less than two minutes to go, all 15 remaining drivers queued at the pit exit.
But several chose to spread out rather than sticking in line, and after the sessions the stewards summoned Raikkonen, Ricciardo, Jean-Eric Vergne, Sergio Perez and Pastor Maldonado over the incident.
Only Raikkonen and Ricciardo were penalised for not starting from the designated ‘fast lane’.
Both will lose two places on the grid, dropping the Lotus and Toro Rosso from ninth and 10th to 11th and 12th.
Raikkonen had been investigated over a similar potential transgression in Q3, but was not given any penalty for that instance.
His team-mate Romain Grosjean, who only qualified 19th, is already carrying a 10-place penalty for crashing into Ricciardo in Monaco.
1. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 2. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 3. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 4. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 5. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 6. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 7. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 8. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 9. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari 10. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 11. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 12. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 13. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 14. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes 15. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 16. Felipe Massa Ferrari 17. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 18. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 19. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 20. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 21. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 22. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault