After a strong qualifying performance of fifth fastest at Yas Marina for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, Kimi Räikkönen and Lotus F1 Team have it all to do in the race after a post-session exclusion from the qualifying results. Kimi’s car failed the ‘asymmetric LHS front floor deflection test’ – Article 3.17.5 with the car’s forward floor moving more than the test permits. The reason for the movement
Ferrari suffered as expected through qualifying today with Felipe Massa posting the 8th fastest time and Fernando Alonso narrowly missing Q3 by setting the 11th best time. The team have been lacking pace since the start of the weekend, knowing that the characteristics of the track expose the weaknesses of the Ferrari F138.
Lotus' Kimi Räikkönen ended the day fifth with team-mate Romain Grosjean seventh in a tightly contested qualifying session for tomorrow’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hot, dry, still conditions prevailed during the final practice session, with cooling temperatures the feature of qualifying as the sun set over the Yas Marina Circuit.
The Sauber F1 Team qualified sixth (Nico Hülkenberg) and 17th (Esteban Gutiérrez) for the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. Hülkenberg was able to put in a strong performance and get the maximum out of the car yet again. At the same time, a combination of unfortunate circumstances led to Gutiérrez missing his second timed lap by just a few seconds.
With the shorter wheelbase E21 seeming to suit the Iceman here in Abu Dhabi, a P5 qualifying performance leaves him in a confident mood heading into the race where he scored his 2012 victory Follow @Lotus_F1Team How was your Saturday in Abu Dhabi? Today wasn’t too bad overall. In the early sessions both yesterday and today I struggled a bit to get the car working how I wanted, but in the evening when the temperature is cooler it’s been much more to my liking.
After a strong start to the weekend which saw him top the times during the opening practice session, our Frenchman was somewhat disappointed to find himself P7 on the grid. Here, he gives us the full story… Follow @Lotus_F1Team How was qualifying for you? That was one of the trickier qualifying sessions we’ve had recently, and seventh on the grid is not where we expected to be after the pace we’ve shown so far this weekend