Both Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean seems to be getting the best out of the car these days, coming from Canada´s great result for Grosjean as he finished on the podium for the second time this season, while Raikkonen did have to settle for 8th.
Still it´s valuable points and the performance of the cars and the drivers is just one example why the team is 3rd in the standings with 108 points. Both drivers agreed the qualifying pace was high and that meant not much had to go wrong in order to drop out of the top ten, but Raikkonen starts 5th on Sunday, with Grosjean sitting behind Lewis Hamilton in 4th place.
“It was very close in qualifying, especially in Q2, so it’s good to be fifth on the grid,” said Raikkonen.
“The car felt good. If we could have improved just a little bit on my last lap then we could have gained a couple of places, but it is an improvement on last time out so I’m very happy with that. We found a few good things with the setup this morning to make the car easier to drive. I’m looking forward to tomorrow. The car usually goes well in the race when it’s hot, so let’s see what we can do.”
“Today we got pretty much the most out of the car that we could have,” Grosjean added.
“P4 is a good position for the start of the race but of course you want always more and to do better. Sebastian did an unbelievable lap and today we could not have matched it. We have improved our qualifying performance but there is still room to do better. Tyre degradation will be more important than what we saw at the last race. There will be 57 laps in hot conditions on Sunday; we will see what we can do for a good race tomorrow.”