Hungary Saturday quotes: Lotus
|Saturday, July 28th 2012, 15:18 GMT|
Kimi Raikkonen, 5th - "Not a bad qualifying performance for sure, but it's a bit disappointing I didn't go faster when it mattered. The car feels good, but I didn't get the crucial lap together at the right time. Let's see what happens tomorrow."
Romain Grosjean, 2nd - "Qualifying was very tight and it was difficult to see where we would end up so on the front row is fantastic. We came here after a difficult weekend at Hockenheim and to be honest I didn't get off to the best start yesterday. We worked hard to improve things overnight and the car felt much better in practice this morning. I'm very happy and just a little bit surprised to be P2 on the grid. Today's job is done, let's see what we can do tomorrow."
Alan Permane, trackside operations director - "It's great to be on the front row. It's been a good day. It's great to be on the front row with Romain. We'd like to have seen Kimi a little further up the order - especially as his Q2 time was better than he achieved in Q3 - but overall it's been an excellent weekend so far; let's hope that continues tomorrow. Our target has been to improve our qualifying performance; we've clearly demonstrated that today. We're starting from the front row so there is good potential. It's a difficult circuit to overtake on – one of the hardest next to Monaco and Singapore. A good start will clearly be very important. After the start, even with the DRS, the straight is not long enough to mount an overtaking bid unless a car ahead is suffering from tyre degradation or something else to slow them down. Both the medium and soft compound tyres have exhibited pretty low degradation so we have no worries or concerns about durability, even with high temperatures. Conditions similar to those we've seen over the last couple of days have been forecast. There is potential for some rain, but it's so hot here there could be thunder showers like we saw on Friday. We're ready for whatever the weather throws at us."