..In reply to SpaMaster's analysis of Kimi's qualifying performances where he said Kimi has only really compromised himself one or two times, I counted six occasions where he was out-qualified by Grosjean and it compromised his race more or less:
Australia - missed out the Q2 cut by a tenth and a half. Should have probably made Q2 despite the mistakes as both drivers drove 9 laps in the session yet Kimi was 1.2s off.
Doing 8-9 runs is quite normal in a qualy session. Two runs with 4-5 runs in each of them. It was also quite common to try hards for a banker and then softs later on. Inferring anything from instantaneous time differences of drivers when one driver's run was interrupted can be misleading. As far as I can remember, Kimi was not lacking qualy pace compared to Grosjean in China and it was a case of team mistake and driver mistake, rather than qualy pace. This has nothing to do with the point I was addressing i.e. Kimi's inferior qualy pace compared to Grosjean compromising his race.
Spain - Kimi: "We had too much some set-up issues before starting the Q1, but in the final run for the day, the car was at it’s best. Actually so good, that it surprised me in one corner. We lost some time and were out of the first row."
Pretty much every driver has a story to tell after his lap. I could done better here. You never get the perfect lap. I lost a few tenth here, few thousandths, here
etc. In this instance, when he said that the car was so good in one corner that it surprised him, he means he actually lost time by getting caught out by the surprising grip. Anyway, I would believe a car is a front row car when one of the drivers put it in the front row. All these interpretations and projections don't mean much. I will stick to addressing the original point - which was - Grosjean has done well in qualy, if only Raikkonen had done the same. So, in this case, did a qualy inferior to Grosjean hurt his race? No, he went past Grosjean off the start like nothing happened.
Monaco - Kimi: "Still I expected to be in TOP5. I had one a betterish lap, but then I locked up the tyre in the second part of the Swimming Pool area, and we lost some places there. Then it was P8 in the grid."
With a normal steering, he may have been in top5 inspite of all these regrets. The talking point of the Monaco GP was how much behind he was in catching up wrt pace, and that is all related to steering issues and loss of practice sessions. Mistakes in individual runs are moot points, he was just lacking in pace throughout. The difference was all evident. Trying to make it look like one mistake is what made all the difference is just not true. He was a woeful sight throughout. Bad weekends like this happen to everyone.
Europe - Kimi: "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."
Again, if I had improved little bit here, little bit there. Come on. These are not proofs.
Hungary - Kimi: "I didn’t go faster when it mattered. The car feels good, but I didn’t get the crucial lap together at the right time."
Yes, we all know that.
Singapore - Allison: "In the all-important qualifying session neither driver had a good lap when it counted. Kimi had a mistake at T1 on his Q2 lap and Romain had a rather dramatic Q3 lap meaning he wasn’t able to repeat his earlier performances."
I had already counted it. So, wrt to the point I was making it was really 1 or 2 instances.
Edited by SpaMaster, 04 October 2012 - 15:44.