Lotus drivers disappointed with qualifying outcome
26 May 2012 – Lotus were tipped by many for qualifying successes in Monaco this weekend. Instead, Romain Grosjean and Kimi Räikkönen start from only fourth and eighth positions in Monte Carlo. In the case of the Finn, he has been plagued by issues all weekend.
“For sure we’re not very happy after that session,” says the 2007 World Champion. “Since the first practice we’ve been a little bit behind where we should have been and we’ve been trying to catch up. The car is fine; the biggest problem today was trying to get the tyres working as it seemed to be a bit tricky to get them up to temperature. I could have been a bit faster on my best lap, but I went a little bit too deep in the Swimming Pool section. It’s a bit disappointing but you can’t get it right every time.”
Grosjean had been at the sharp end in all three practice sessions prior to qualifying.
“I think pole position was within reach. P4 is not exactly where we wanted to be but the race will be long. It’s Monaco, it will be difficult; nonetheless, we know that the car is quite good on high fuel and with the tyres, so let’s see what we can do and put the best strategy into place.”
The Enstone-based squad is celebrating its 500th Grand Prix start this weekend.