Jerome D’Ambrosio, Lotus F1 Team
One Step Beyond – Italian GP, Saturday 8 September
Kimi Räikkönen and Jérôme D’Ambrosio will start the Italian Grand Prix from P7 and P15 respectively at the Autodromo Nazionale di Monza tomorrow. Jérôme set the sixteenth fastest time today but gains a position thanks to a penalty for Pastor Maldonado, while Kimi notched the eighth quickest lap but also gains a place courtesy of a penalty for Paul di Resta. Despite not dazzling on paper this afternoon, the team is confident that the E20’s downforce levels and efficient tyre usage will bring a stronger result in the race.
Kimi Räikkönen, E20-05. Q : P8, 1:24.855, Grid P7. FP3 : P8, 1:25.255
“We didn’t have the speed today but at least we are in the top ten. We’ve been in more or less the same position all weekend so today’s pace was not a big surprise. It’s a long race and usually we are a bit stronger in race conditions. It is possible to overtake here so let’s see what happens tomorrow. ”
Jérôme D’Ambrosio, E20-03. Q : P16, 1:25.408, Grid P15. FP3 : P17 1:25.973
“I have mixed feelings really to be honest. I progressed through to Q2 but it’s frustrating not to have done a bit better as I’m really close in the second and third sectors but I’ve struggling a bit in the first since yesterday. About 60-70% of the difference to Kimi is lost there, so there’s a lot of time to be found in just two corners ; we need to work on that for tomorrow. There’s a lot to take in for me this weekend so it’s not too bad, but I would have liked a bit more.”
Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director :
“P6 was our target ; we missed it by half a tenth.”
How do you assess today’s qualifying performance ?
“We’re a little disappointed with where we are on the grid for tomorrow’s race, as P6 was our target with Kimi’s car and we missed that by just half a tenth. Kimi had Fernando