Lotus overtake McLaren in the constructors championship standings

Kimi Raikkonen (FIN) Lotus E20. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday 8 July 2012.

Kimi Raikkonen leads Lewis Hamilton during the British GP

Jul.9 (F1 Media) A solid British Grand Prix afternoon at Silverstone for Kimi Raikkonen who crossed the finish line in fifth and Romain Grosjean sixth, was enough to move Lotus ahead of McLaren in the 2012 F1 Constructors’ world championship.

Romain Grosjean (FRA) Lotus E20. Formula One World Championship, Rd9, British Grand Prix, Race, Silverstone, England, Sunday 8 July 2012.Lotus began the weekend in third place with 126 points, 15 behind McLaren. However, with McLaren enduring a tough afternoon as their home race, with Lewis Hamilton eighth and Jenson Button tenth, the results achieved by Raikkonen and Grosjean elevated the Enstone-based team to 144 points, two ahead of McLaren who drop to fourth. Ferrari leaped into second place behind Red Bull Racing thanks to second for Fernando Alonso and fourth for Felipe Massa.

Raikkonen’s race was largely uneventful with the Finn battling hard after he had a difficult start.

“I had a pretty okay first few corners but I had to avoid the cars in front and drove over the kerb on the inside of the turn, then I lost a place and was pushed wide,” said the Iceman. “If I had stayed in front of Mark [Webber] at the start it would have been pretty good seeing where he finished, but after that Lewis [Hamilton] also got past me. I fought back and our car was strong, especially on the harder tyres. If I’d had a better start I could have finished much better; but that’s racing and sometimes you pay a bigger price than you expect from the first lap.”

2012 British Grand Prix - Sunday Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England 8th July 2012 Lotus F1 mechanics. World Copyright:Daniel Kalisz/LAT Photographic ref: Digital Image IMG_6010Grosjean, meanwhile, had a much busier race. The Frenchman tangled with Force India Paul Di Resta at the start and the Lotus driver had to put for a new front wing. Thereafter had to fight his way back into contention from 22nd place.

“I had an incident on the first corner at the start of the race where I was on outside of Lewis [Hamilton] and had a Force India that hit me and broke my front wing. That’s when I thought that our race was going to be seriously compromised, which it would have been if the rain had come.”

“The team did a fantastic job in giving me a great race strategy and we believed in ourselves to go for long stints with both sets of hard tyres,” he added. “I was still battling hard with the cars around me, but trying to save the tyres at the same time. “It became harder towards the end of the race but I hung on to my sixth place. Kimi was too far in front of me to catch him at the end of the race. We both scored good points for the team, so it’s been a good day.”

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  • Butterfly

    Looks like Lewis finds himself in the same situation as Alonso in 2010, and it took Ferrari 3 seasons to fix their problems.

  • Adam

    @Butterfly What situation for Alonso in 2010 ? You dont remeber Alonso fighting for the championship until the last race and lost it cause of being able to pass Petrov ?

  • Butterfly

    I do, but the team was a train-wreck. From strategy to design to pit-stops, they didn’t even know what being TOP meant, they thought they were the best just because of that badge.

  • Selvam

    If Mclaren run in the same way, I think Mercedes& Sauber will overtake them in the next 2-3 races…