Lotus drivers know more was possible
12 May 2012 – Both Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen are positive that they could have been higher up than fourth and fifth on the Spanish Grand Prix grid this afternoon. The former suffered a fuel pressure problem in final practice, having looked strong throughout Friday, but is still the leading car of the Enstone-based team.
Lotus, formerly known as Renault and Benetton and winners of the Barcelona event under both of those names, have headed to Spain off the back of a double podium result last time out in Bahrain, finishing second and third behind Sebastian Vettel.
“Everyone did a good job to get the car ready for qualifying after the problems of the morning,” Grosjean began. “We can be happy with what we have achieved – of course you always want more but this is the result for today. I think that I could have been a little bit quicker, not too much more. Tomorrow is going to be long; our race pace did not look too bad but, of course, we’ll have to manage tyre degradation.”
Räikkönen won at the Circuit de Catalunya both in 2005 and 2008, first for McLaren and then with Ferrari in his title-defending season.
“I think we had a chance to be in the top three but we’ve been fighting with the setup quite a bit today,” admits the Finn. “We changed the car for qualifying and actually it was the correct call in the end; it was just a few small mistakes which cost me some time on my Q3 lap. We’ll see how it goes in the race.
“The car has usually been better on Sunday than it has been on Saturday, so if that’s the case tomorrow we’ll be pretty happy.”
The squad last won in Spain with Fernando Alonso six years ago.