By Editor on Saturday, November 17, 2012
Like many other drivers, Kimi Raikkonen believes that qualifying for the United States Grand Prix will be interesting.
Raikkonen was only eleventh quickest in second practice as Lotus struggled for pace.
“It’s a nice circuit to drive; the sectors are quite different so there’s a good challenge there. Of course, like with any new track there was no grip at the start of the day which doesn’t give you a very good feeling, but as the grip improves it will be more fun to drive for sure”, he said.
“This morning was very slippery, this afternoon less so but you still can’t really push and it’s a bit tricky to find the limit. There’s a lot of improvement to come – from the track surface and from the setup of the car – so qualifying will be pretty interesting”.
Romain Grosjean, thirteenth in second practice, also noted the lack of grip.
“The most noticeable thing about the circuit at this stage is the lack of grip; it’s really, really slippery out there. The layout itself looks very nice but we’re a long way off being able to push the car anywhere near the limit, particularly through Turns 7-9 and towards the end at Turn 19 where it’s tricky to predict how the car will behave”, he said.
“The good thing is that the car felt comfortable on long runs with the hard tyre so we have a good starting point, but there is still a little bit of work to do with the mediums. We still have tomorrow morning and I think the track will continue to improve right until the end of the weekend, so qualifying will be interesting for sure”.