Romain Grosjean has voiced satisfaction after qualifying for the British Grand Prix, despite a frustrating session for the Enstone-based outfit who could only manage 8th and 9th respectively. Although the duo failed to take the fight to the Mercedes’ and Red Bulls’, it has been confirmed that Kimi Raikkonen will continue to use the passive DRS device on his car during the race.
For the first time this season, Romain Grosjean has managed to out-qualify team-mate Kimi Raikkonen, after a slightly frustrating qualifying hour for the Enstone duo. After securing a sensational victory at the season-opener in Melbourne, Lotus has since failed to repeat such success with only a handful of podium finishes from Kimi Raikkonen. Although the Finn has continued to test the team’s passive DRS device, Lotus failed to match the strong pace of Mercedes and Red Bull during the all-important qualifying hour. Despite understandable disappoint from Kimi Raikkonen, Romain Grosjean has expressed satisfaction with his own qualifying performance.
“Whilst we were very quick on the hard tyres at the beginning of qualifying, we weren’t as competitive on the mediums.” Explained Romain Grosjean, who has out-qualified his team-mate for the first time since last year’s Japanese Grand Prix. “I don’t know if it’s the weather or something else, but we weren’t as good on them as in free practice this morning meaning we didn’t have enough to qualify further up the grid. We are working hard and in the right direction, but the tyres are still playing a key part. I’m quite satisfied with my performance today.”
Whereas Romain Grosjean has been testing a new slimline bodywork package on his E21 this weekend, Kimi Raikkonen has been the centre of attention with his ongoing testing of the passive DRS device. Although the Finn visibly struggled during qualifying, the outfit has elected to still run the device during the 52-lap race. The Finnish ace, who won the British Grand Prix back in 2007 with Ferrari, is optimistic ahead of the race with the device on his machine.
“We hoped for a bit more from it [the passive DRS device] but let’s see how it behaves tomorrow and hopefully it helps us with the race pace.” Said Kimi Raikkonen, “You always want more from new parts, but I guess we are where we are right now and hopefully we can go forward. If we never try things, we will never learn anything and we will never start using it. I don’t really see that we have much to lose because without trying something new and finding a chunk of time we will not catch the guys in front of us.”
If Kimi Raikkonen manages to finish within the points once again during tomorrow’s race, then he will break the record for the most consecutive finishes in the points. Regardless of such a feat, the Finn will be frustrated to have qualified as far behind fellow Championship rival Sebastian Vettel, who has a perfect opportunity to extend his lead in the Championship regarding he finishes on the podium.
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