Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen felt he achieved more or less the best he could in qualifying for the Monaco Grand Prix.
The Finn will start the sixth round in the 2013 F1 World Championship from fifth place, but given he was 0.641 seconds off Mark Webber in fourth and only 0.002 seconds up on Fernando Alonso in sixth, he wasn't too disappointed, especially as conditions were far from easy.
“It was a difficult day today because of the weather, but it was the same for all of the drivers,” said Kimi, who is currently second in the Drivers' Championship. “Obviously, qualifying here is never the easiest with the traffic and the barriers and you'd always prefer it to be dry as it's so slippery when it's wet.
“I'm happy we made it through to the top ten, however, and P5 was more or less the best we could do with seven tenths to the next fastest car.”
Asked about his prospects in the race, Kimi added: “I'm not sure what we'll do in the grand prix itself; we don't have a clear picture yet as you never know exactly what the strategies from everyone else will be, but for sure we'll find out tomorrow.”
Lotus trackside operations director, Alan Permane meanwhile is rather pessimistic about the team's chances of making progress on Sunday afternoon.
“It was a disappointing session for us. Firstly we need to say a big thank you to Romain [Grosjean]'s crew for getting his car ready for qualifying in lightening quick time, and they were rewarded by a lightening quick first lap from their man. Unfortunately, traffic at the end of Q2 prevented him from getting into the top ten which was a great shame [and he will start in P13]. Kimi has a reasonable position with P5 on the grid, but moving forwards up the order at Monaco is exceptionally difficult so any gains tomorrow will be hard won,” he stated.
“Monaco is a very different circuit from any other, with the short lap length and traffic considerations meaning that there are not many viable options for different strategies. Add that to a dry weather forecast for tomorrow – plus the fact that it's almost impossible to pass here – and we have a very difficult race in prospect. We will of course look at all possibilities and do what we can to get our cars to the front...”