Best-ever qualifying for 2015
Romain Grosjean was the toast of Lotus F1 Team after setting the fourth fastest time in qualifying for the Belgian Grand Prix.
Romain unleashed his stonking pace in the Q3 session after a morning when he had only managed the sixteenth fastest time on a crowded circuit.
“That was my best qualifying performance since the US Grand Prix in 2013,” said Romain afterwards.
“It was a great lap. Initially we thought that P11 would be a good result for us – which would have meant P16 with the gearbox penalty – but then we went pretty well in Q2 to get into the final ten and then I just gave it everything. It worked well!”
Romain’s joy at his pace was tempered by the five place grid penalty he has for a gearbox change the team was forced to make following a power outage for the car at the end of yesterday’s FP2 session.
“The penalty of course is not ideal, but we have the pace in the car so tomorrow’s race will be interesting.”
Pastor meanwhile wasn’t able to quite get the lap that Romain was able to do, but nevertheless qualified comfortably in the top ten, with his P8 in the session translating to P7 thanks to Romain’s penalty.
“It’s a not bad result and a good position to start from,” said Pastor. “I made a small mistake in the last corner and with the times very close here you can suffer quite a bit.
“Our performance here has been good today. We’ve found a good compromise for this circuit; we’re not the quickest on the straights, but we’re not the slowest in the corners; we just have good overall pace which is what you want for the race.”