Lotus drivers frustrated with qualifying delay

By on Saturday, March 16, 2013

Lotus F1 Team

Lotus's Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean expressed their frustration after qualifying for the Australian Grand Prix was postponed until Sunday.

Both drivers made it through to Q2 with Grosjean setting the third fastest time in Q1.

"It wasn’t easy with the traffic, people going off and the yellow flags but we went through to the second qualifying session tomorrow so it’s not all bad," said Raikkonen.

"The car doesn’t feel too bad in the wet – it’s an improvement on where we were last year for sure - but today the challenge was finding some clear space on track. The session being delayed until tomorrow was a shame but it’s the same for everyone."

Grosjean, who finished fastest in the third practice session, echoed his team-mate's comments regarding Lotus's improved wet weather pace.

"The day started pretty well; it’s the first time I’ve topped an official practice session and I have to say a big thank you to the team for their hard work since yesterday," he said.

"We took a different direction with the setup and it’s clear we made the right decision. It’s frustrating to delay the rest of qualifying, but there were some good things for us to take from Q1. It’s no secret that wet conditions did not favour our car last year, but from what we saw today there have definitely been some improvements. I’m sorry for the fans as they have been fantastic all week and stuck around despite the weather. We have a big day tomorrow and it looks like staying dry, so hopefully we can put on a good show for them."

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