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Kimi and Romain set to line up P4/P5 on tomorrow’s German Grand Prix grid after edge-of-the-seat qualifying session at the Nürburgring…
Pos Driver Team Time Gap 1. Lewis Hamilton Mercedes 1m29.398s 2. Sebastian Vettel Red Bull-Renault 1m29.501s +0.103s 3. Mark Webber Red Bull-Renault 1m29.608s +0.210s 4. Kimi Raikkonen Lotus-Renault 1m29.892s +0.494s 5. Romain Grosjean Lotus-Renault 1m29.959s +0.561s 6. Daniel Ricciardo Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m30.528s +1.130s 7. Felipe Massa Ferrari 1m31.126s +1.728s 8. Fernando Alonso Ferrari 1m31.209s +1.811s 9. Jenson Button McLaren-Mercedes No time set 10. Nico Hulkenberg Sauber-Ferrari No time set Q2 cut-off time: 1m30.269s Gap ** 11. Nico Rosberg Mercedes 1m30.326s +0.501s 12. Paul di Resta Force India-Mercedes 1m30.697s +0.872s 13. Sergio Perez McLaren-Mercedes 1m30.933s +1.108s 14. Esteban Gutierrez Sauber-Ferrari 1m31.010s +1.185s 15. Adrian Sutil Force India-Mercedes 1m31.010s +1.185s 16. Jean-Eric Vergne Toro Rosso-Ferrari 1m31.104s +1.279s Q1 cut-off time: 1m31.681s Gap * 17. Valtteri Bottas Williams-Renault 1m31.693s +1.146s 18. Pastor Maldonado Williams-Renault 1m31.707s +1.160s 19. Charles Pic Caterham-Renault 1m32.937s +2.390s 20. Jules Bianchi Marussia-Cosworth 1m33.063s +2.516s 21. Giedo van der Garde Caterham-Renault 1m33.734s +3.187s 22. Max Chilton Marussia-Cosworth 1m34.098s +3.551s
Kimi Raikkonen – 4th: “My car was OK today, but in my Q3 lap on the new tyres I struggled to get the fronts up to temperature which meant I lost quite a bit of time in the first sector; probably because there was traffic on my out lap meaning I couldn’t push as much as I wanted. For sure it didn’t help and we probably should have been P3 today, but P4 is still a pretty good place to be for the race.”
Romain Grosjean – 5th: “P5 is a pretty good result, but to be honest I’m a little disappointed with my fastest lap as there were definitely a few tenths lost in the first sector. We struggled a little getting the front tyres working this morning but the car felt really good during qualifying and we improved with every lap. It was a strong performance for the team with Kimi P4 as well, so we’re happy to be back at the front after paying a few unwanted visits to the lower positions recently.”
Alan Permane, trackside operations director: “We’re reasonably happy with today’s performance. Of course, you always want more and we could have got a little more from both cars in the final qualifying session as neither driver posted a good first sector. That said, with P4 and P5 on the grid, we’re happy. We know that our race simulations yesterday looked good and the forecast is for high temperatures tomorrow, so I think we can look forward to having a strong race. The new rear construction with the Kevlar belt doesn’t appear to be hurting our performance and we’re as competitive as we thought we’d be here so we’ve no worries on that front. The medium compound looks to be the favoured one for the race as the soft has a reasonably high performance degradation; such that we have seen Ferrari opt to start on the medium compound as their approach to managing it. It will be interesting to see how that approach works; from our side, we’re pretty happy with starting on the soft.”
1 thought on “German Grand Prix – Qualifying: P4”
The Lotus is always competitive when we expect the least! Can’t believe P4! Good chance to get back that 2nd place in the WC. Guess the track temperature helps a lot this afternoon and it should be the same tomorrow.
Just hoping that Lotus dnt have the good idea of letting Grosjean fight Kimi at the start. not really relax having him next to Kimi. The Red Bulls should have a very good pace, a podium should be within reach though.