Saturday 12th October
Romain Grosjean qualified P4 with team-mate Kimi Räikkönen P9 ahead of tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix. Warm, dry conditions remained throughout the day at the Suzuka circuit, with changing wind direction a factor throughout proceedings.
Romain put in an impressive lap on the hard compound tyre to go fastest in the red flag interrupted Q1 session with Kimi taking P8. The Frenchman then edged a tight intra-team Q2 battle to take P3 from his Finnish counterpart’s P5, with both posting laps within three tenths of one another in the final Q3 session to end the day in P4 / P9.
Kimi Räikkönen, E21-05
Q: P9, 1:31.684
FP3: P8, 1:32.946
“A small mistake on my quick lap cost me a little bit.” tweet it
“The car has felt much better here than it has in recent races; even if we don’t have a better position on the grid for tomorrow. A small mistake on my quick lap cost me a little bit of time and it’s very close here, so a small amount lost can mean quite a few positions dropped. We’ll have to see what happens in the race, but the car has certainly been more to my liking this weekend so the position on the grid is not a drama.”
Romain Grosjean, E21-04
Q: P4, 1:31.365
FP3: P4, 1:32.707
“I’m feeling pretty good.” tweet it
“The Red Bulls have looked very strong and we knew it would be tight with Lewis