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Romain Grosjean is braced for a tough German Grand Prix, as poor timing in qualifying only compounded a five-place grid penalty for a gearbox change. Missing Q3 for the first time this year, the Franco-Swiss will start from 20th on the grid.
“I’m not happy, not happy at all,” the Lotus driver told Sky Sports after his Q2 elimination. “It seems that the rain came on my car and it’s strange, but let’s see what happens tomorrow.
“In Q2 you have to be the first car on the track and we couldn’t, so I had to battle with the Force India. It’s going to be tough tomorrow, I’ll need a good start and good overtaking to see if I can score any points. It’s a difficult weekend, but it is how it is.
“That is racing and let’s see what happens tomorrow.”
Team-mate Kimi Räikkönen, after complaining that he was held up by Sauber’s Sergio Pérez in Q2, went on to qualifying in tenth position.
|2.||S. Vettel||Red Bull||01:41.026||23|
|3.||M. Webber||Red Bull||01:41.496||24|
|5.||N. Hulkenberg||Force India||01:43.501||24|
|9.||P. di Resta||Force India||01:44.889||26|
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