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Lotus struggle in German qualifying

Lotus duo Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean struggle in German GP qualifying
Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean again struggled to fulfil the potential of their Lotus' in a wet qualifying session at Hockenheim on Saturday afternoon.

Raikkonen will begin the German Grand Prix in tenth, despite having set the pace in the only dry session of the day in Q1.

The Finn was unable to find similar pace in the wet conditions however, something that he says concerns him ahead of the race on Sunday.

“We weren't fast in the wet today for some reason and we need to look at why that was,” Raikkonen said. “I wasn't able to get any grip from the tyres, even when we tried a fresh set of wets half way through the final qualifying session. In the dry the car is very good and in the races our car usually has strong pace. Let's hope for some dry weather tomorrow and see what happens.”

Team-mate Grosjean qualified fifteenth but will start twentieth due to a change of gearbox for this weekend.

The Frenchman was left confused by the gap to Raikkonen and admits he has an uphill task ahead of him in Sunday's race.

“The rain seemed to come at the wrong time for me' it always was at its heaviest when I was trying to go for a quick lap,” he said. “It was certainly difficult out there to find enough grip and not to get held up by other cars. It's difficult to understand why I was so far behind Kimi in qualifying when I've been very close to him during the rest of the weekend.

“I've got it all to do tomorrow and I'll be working hard with my engineers to ensure we've got the quickest car and the best strategy to go for some points.”

by Dan Connor

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Liam48 - Unregistered

July 21, 2012 8:24 PM

I'm still staggered at Raikkonen's Q1 time, it was well over half a second quicker than anyone else and it was on the mediums, I think that is amazing. Unfortunately the rain came down but watch out for Raikkonen tomorrow, I expect to see some fireworks from him if it's dry.

tian647 - Unregistered

July 21, 2012 6:27 PM

I'm hopeful Lotus was slow today because they didn't compromise their dry setup for qualifying as much as others, and that tomorrow the sun will shine. C'mon Kimi, top step! And another good fight through the field for RoGro!

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