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Quotes from Lotus: Post Chinese Grand Prix 2012

by Team ZigWheels Pics: Dppi Posted on April 16, 2012 20:50 IST 518 Views

Romain Grosjean benefitted from an aggressive tyre strategy whilst Kimi Raikkonen ultimately lost out in an exciting Chinese Grand Prix. Post race quotes from the two drivers

  • Both cars started on the yellow-marked soft Pirelli P-Zero and used a further two sets of mediums.
  • Romain pitted on laps 11 and 32.
  • Kimi pitted on laps 10 and 28.
  • Kimi ran in P2 for laps 41-47. Romain ran in P2 for laps 29-31.

Romain jumped from tenth to finish in sixth, whilst Kimi ran strongly in second place until his tyres could no longer deliver sufficient performance, finally finishing in 14th



Kimi Raikkonen



Kimi Räikkönen, P14, E20-03
“We tried to run two stops as it looked to be the fastest strategy and up until the last ten laps it was looking good, but we ran out of tyre performance at the end. I was stuck behind Felipe (Massa) for quite a while and couldn’t get past as I wasn’t fast enough in the right parts of the track to make a move. Even if I’d got past I don’t think it would have made the greatest amount of difference to the final result. We had good pace in the race, we tried a different strategy and it didn’t pay off today; it’s as simple as that.”



Romain Grosjean



Romain Grosjean, P6, E20-04
“It was a very good race, I really enjoyed it. Unfortunately I made a little mistake fighting with Mark (Webber) but overall it was a good performance. The car felt great and the team did an amazing job to give us such a big improvement from Friday, so I’m especially happy for the guys to be able to finish the race and get some good points on the board. To be up there fighting with McLaren and Red Bull is a great feeling and I’m happy to have got my season started properly. We’ve had high hopes since P3 on the grid in Melbourne, and now after a few setbacks it’s time to aim higher. There’s always room to improve and hopefully from here we can aim for the top five and eventually podiums. We’ll take things step by step but I’m feeling confident for the rest of the season ahead.”

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