Raikkonen: The circuit came to us

By on Saturday, November 3, 2012

Lotus drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean offered differing feelings of qualifying at the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix.

Raikkonen set the fifth fastest time, with Grosjean half a second back in tenth.

"Qualifying was good. The car hasn’t felt fantastic all weekend but we decided we weren’t going to change the car’s set-up from where it was for the last race", said Raikkonen. "It was the right choice because in the end the circuit came to us in qualifying where the car was the best it has been so far here. We’ll give tomorrow our best shot; Let’s see if we can make a good start to get right behind the Red Bulls, and then we’ll see what happens after that".

Grosjean added that he had no grip during the final part of qualifying.

"It wasn’t a great qualifying lap for me today, and P10 is not where we want to be on the grid", he said.

"In the last run in Q3 I had no grip so wasn’t able to find more pace. The car had felt fine before that and we looked good through the other qualifying sessions. It just means I have some more work to do in the race and I think there’s more to come from me and the car".

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