F1 » Lotus pays race price for Saturday missteps

Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean lamented the set-up choices and qualifying efforts made by the team on Saturday, which left them at a critical disadvantage during the 2012 Indian GP.

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sakkie - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 9:10 PM

Shocking mistake by Kimi, and his own fault he blew 6th place. When he exited the pits and found Massa alongside him, why on earth did he race him to the sharp right hander leading onto the long straight? Surely he must have been aware that he couldn't gap his Ferrari rival in the one corner remaining before entering the straight? Predictably, Massa came sailing by and that was game over. Had he simply ticked himself into Massa's exhaust and followed him onto the straight, he would have at least had a shot of reversing the roles. Thruth is, he was never able to get close enough again exiting onto that straight, and as such blew his one and only shot. Poor tactical driving from a man commanding millions. I've reached the conclusion this guy is seriously mentally challenged and is not deserving of a good car. How has he fooled everyone this long?

munish - Unregistered

October 28, 2012 9:38 PM

@ sakkie are you blind?? both kimi and massa trying hard not to cross the zone first, but felipe lock up his tyre, thats why kimi was crossing the zone first. Its not like he didnt aware of that simple facts even a guy like you know!! Save your bashin for others. He push like mad with a top speed of 310km/h while massa had 320km/h under him!


October 28, 2012 9:56 PM

The top three teams have got there acts together, leaving the rest to squabble over positions 7 to 10 of the points, Kimi again emerged at the top of that pile. He's the best driver on the grid who hasnt got Adrian Newey, Ferrari or McLaren working for him.

mani - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 3:20 AM

a car that cant overtake on the straight is as bad as HRT.......no matter how fast you are on the corner....unless you are in Spa where you can still overtake on Eau Rouge.

saffa - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 7:16 AM

Very poor decision making by the Lotus team. I would say the engineering department have proven themselves a bit incapable of development. 3rd year in a row they have started the year with a car capable of podiums and worked backwards on development where they have to be best of the rest. We all know speed is the name of the game, how can they say proudly that they developed the car and its slower because of one part. Really hard to understand how can so much money and time can be spent to go backwards.
If they don't change their logical thinking, we will see another year of their annual routine.

Terminator - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 7:20 AM

Kimi tried his best but the Ferrari was too quick on the straight even though it was in fuel conservation.
I think Kimi was right to pass Felipe into turn 3 and hope that he might make a mistake there due to his cold tyres, because I think if he stayed behind him, it wouldn't have helped either, because even with DRS he doesn't have enough straight line speed to pass him.

The difference in straight-line speed is so big between the two cars that Kimi for 45 laps with DRS was unable to even make an attempt at passing Felipe, whereas Felipe in 1 lap with DRS was able to breeze past Kimi well before they had completed the straight.

sakkie - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 11:41 AM

Munish, the difference in top speed with his DRS engaged would have been more than enough had he been right up behind Massa exiting turn 3. Other than that one lap, he was losing too much time where he was supposed to be making time up, namely, in the turns. If I'm wrong, then please explain why he was never able to exit turn 3 within striking distance of Massa, irrespective of your claim that his top speed with his DRS engaged wouldn't have allowed him to get past. There is no long straight before turn 3, but rather a series of corners where the great Kimi should have been making up ground if he was this amazing driver everyone imagines him to be. If the reason for his poor top end was too much downforce, surely he should have been superior in the twisty bits which he clearly wasn't? Please remember that the guy who won the race was sitting in a car with the identical engine to Kimi's. Also, before defending Kimi, just remember, Massa is a 2nd tier driver (who only just managed to ret

sakkie - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 11:44 AM

cont.....(who only just managed to retain his seat as the #2 in his team) driving a car on fuel save, and Kimi still can't get past? How many excuses do you want to make for this guy?

munish - Unregistered

October 29, 2012 12:24 PM

yea 2nd tier driver that was faster than the great fernando alonso in the past 2 gp. Well informed. You should watch the race instead of yelling like mad dog. We clearly saw kimi+DRS can only managed to cacth up with massa + 80kw KERS. I dont know what is your problem to udnerstand simple facts, and you even suggest kimi could hv overtake on corners...you joking right?? those corners are dead lock corner with no chances of overtaking, Not even the great alonso manage to overtake from those corners....stop talking, you obviously know nth about F1, except talking crap

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