Kovalainen targeting solid points finish

By on Saturday, November 16, 2013
Lotus F1 Team

Lotus F1 Team

Heikki Kovalainen believes he can score decent points during the United States Grand Prix.

Kovalainen, driving in place of the injured Kimi Raikkonen, qualified his Lotus in eighth place.

It was the first time the Finn has qualified in the top 10 since the Japanese Grand Prix four years ago, when he was driving for McLaren.

Kovalainen cited compatriot Raikkonen's typical progression from lowly grid slots.

"I knew yesterday that we had a good car, but I didn’t really set myself a target for qualifying," he said.

"I felt that I got pretty much everything I could from it today, as I struggled a bit compared to yesterday with the cooler temperatures this afternoon. Overall, everything’s been positive so far and we got into the top ten."

"I’m not making any predictions, but we’ve seen that Kimi could do pretty well working forwards from similar grid positions so hopefully tomorrow we can have another good day."

Team-mate Romain Grosjean will start from third place on the grid, behind the Red Bull drivers.

"It’s not been the easiest weekend in terms of finding the right balance with the car, so to be third on the grid is a good result," said Grosjean.

"We managed to go through Q1 on the hard tyre which was not the plan initially, but it was a nice surprise and gave us options for the two following sessions. It’s great for the team to have Heikki in the top ten too – especially with Mercedes and Ferrari struggling a little bit – as we’re still fighting them hard in the Constructors’ Championship, so hopefully we can score good points with both cars tomorrow."

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