Improvements for one car, troubles for the other
Romain Grosjean has qualified inside the top ten for the first time this season as Lotus F1 Team made another step forwards at the Shanghai International Circuit.
Romain is set to start from P10 on the Chinese Grand Prix grid tomorrow after today’s wet qualifying, where he set his best lap – 1min 57.079secs - using the intermediate tyres.
“It is good to be in Q3. We have made good progress this weekend,” said Romain, who was third fastest in the morning practice.
“Things went better this morning than in qualifying this afternoon and so we had maybe even higher hopes. I’m not sure why we didn’t feel as much performance this afternoon than in FP3. I also suffered with the tyres and the conditions change a little from this morning too but it has been a while since we’ve been in Q3! We are hoping for a good race for tomorrow and hopefully we can stay in the top ten.”
For Pastor meanwhile there was something of a China crisis as power unit related woes precluded him from taking to the track during the qualifying session.
“For sure we are not happy to have missed qualifying,” said Pastor, who had been sixth fastest in the morning.
“Tomorrow will be another day and the race is very long. I remain optimistic and I’ll do my best as always but it’s not a very good situation to be dealing with, but we are working very hard to keep improving. We saw Romain qualify in the top ten today and I was sixth fastest in the morning so we are making improvements.”