Raikkonen: Disappointing to be honest as we hoped for a bit more 1 September, 2012 Sep.1 (Lotus) Kimi Räikkönen will start from P3 on the grid with Romain Grosjean in P8 for tomorrow’s Belgian Grand Prix at Spa-Francorchamps. Kimi qualified in fourth position but gains a place thanks to a penalty for Pastor Maldonado. Romain set the ninth fastest time but also gains a place courtesy of a penalty for Mark Webber. Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05. Q : P4, 1:48.205. FP3 : P2, 1:48.683 “It wasn’t the easiest of qualifying sessions. The car is okay but it doesn’t look like we have the speed that some others have and we were certainly not quick enough for pole today. The race is a different story. On the grid we’re in front of of the guys who are ahead of us in the championship so we’ll try to score more points than them.” Romain Grosjean, E20-04. Q : P9, 1.48.538 FP3 : P8 1:49.266 “That wasn’t my best qualifying ever and I struggled a little bit. I had traffic in Q1 and I didn’t feel as confident with the car as I would like. You can see how close it was in the top ten so I suffered from not having everything exactly as I wanted, especially on the softer compound. Missing yesterday’s practice because of the weather didn’t help either as any time in the car is always beneficial, especially for a long lap like Spa. I’m sure the car will be good in the race and we should have a good strategy.” Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director : How do you assess today’s qualifying performance ? AP: “A little disappointing to be honest as we hoped for a bit more than that today. Kimi didn’t quite get a perfect lap and Romain wasn’t happy with the setup of his car. The car looks to have been unusually difficult today, with some inconsistency making it difficult to extract the best lap time. This is unexpected, as previously this season we’ve been able to find a good setup very rapidly when there has been limited running.” What can be achieved in the race ? AP: “We’re looking forward to a strong race and there looks to be no weakness in the car or our race strategy. The race will be about tyre management as the loads on the tyres are very high here. If there are no strategic dramas we hope to bring home another good points haul.” How compromised were preparations after yesterday’s poor weather ? AP: “We ran much less than normal, but it’s the same situation for everyone. We still have a good idea of what we are going to do in the race. This is our twelfth race of the season so we understand the tyres a lot more and we’re far better off than in the earlier races.” How do both tyre compounds perform here ? AP: “We’re happy, with no dramas and no warm-up issues. We had a little graining with the soft tyre this morning and we preferred the harder tyre with high fuel loads. We’ll start with the medium compound and take it from there.” Tweet Related NewsLotus: Highly unfortunate we had to retire both carsLotus: It’s going to be a tough raceLotus: There is further potential from the E22 in SpaMaldonado: We are hungrier than everGrosjean: Despite the difficulties, I feel positiveDid a plastic helmet visor tear-off strip end Raikkonen challenge at Spa?Lotus: We must now look ahead and learn from this disappointing weekendLotus: Seventh and eighth on the grid isn’t where we want to beRaikkonen: Lotus knows that there are issues and until those are solved there is no point talkingLotus: We look reasonably strong on pace and tyre performance Lauda Fan Kimi you’re all show and no go. Just stay out of the way! kaka007 @lauda fan and who r u to say that.. lauda sh*t..