9 June 2013
Lotus left to regret conditions in qualifying
The Lotus F1 team will start further back on the Canadian Grand Prix grid than it would have hoped after the damp conditions failed to work in its favour in Montreal.
Despite the venue being tipped as one to favour its E21 in the wake of its success in Melbourne at the start of the season, Lotus struggled to make an impact on qualifying at the Canadian Grand Prix.
Kimi Räikkönen will start from tenth on the grid after picking up a minor penalty to add to his original ninth spot, while Romain Grosjean lines up a distant 22nd after a hectic qualifying session at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, where wet weather and a brief red flag period nearing the end of Q2 brought about a somewhat jumbled starting order.
“We didn't have grip in these conditions, so we did pretty much all we could do, but if there's no grip you can't go faster,” Raikkonen sighed, “In this weather, it's difficult as sometimes the rain gets harder, sometimes the track is drying, so you have to try to be out there when the circuit's at its best. P9 on the grid is not what we want so we'll have to see what we can do in the race tomorrow.”
Grosjean was a victim of unfortunate timing as a yellow flag affected one fast lap in Q1, and an increasingly wet track prevented another. He qualified 19th, meaning he will start from the back of the 22-car grid once his ten-place grid penalty is factored in.
“Clearly not the best day, and of course, with the grid penalty, I now start in what should be P29 for the race,” he smiled, “After we changed to new intermediates mid-way through the session, I had one lap to set a time when the track was at its driest, but there were yellow flags after someone went straight on, so I had to slow down and respect the warning - then the track was too wet to go faster.
“We got caught out a little bit by the weather, but it's nobody's fault; just yet more bad luck. In these conditions, it's impossible to predict when the rain will be at its heaviest and we didn't see anything from the radar to suggest it would get worse. It's going to be a long race from the back, but we know the car is quick so our weekend is far from over yet.”
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