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Spanish GP: Quotes from Lotus drivers post Free Practice

by Team ZigWheels Posted on 11 May 2012 60 Views

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Kimi Raikkonen and Romain Grosjean took to the track for the first practice sessions of Round 5 of the F1 Championship and ended the sessions with the fifth and sixth fastest lap times of the day

 

Kimi Raikkonen

 

 


Kimi Räikkönen, E20-03

Free practice 1: P9, 1:25.285, 29 laps
Free practice 2: P5, 1:23.918, 32 laps

Kimi:

“There were no problems with the car and everything felt good today. We tried a different front wing, but in the car you can’t tell if it makes much difference; that is why the team’s engineers are looking at the data. I felt comfortable and I think the work done at Mugello and in the Windshear test programme have made improvements. We’ll have to see tomorrow how much pace everyone has when it comes to qualifying as that’s when it matters. We’ve been fast everywhere else so far and there’s nothing to suggest we won’t be fast here again.”

 

 

Romain Grosjean

 

 

Romain Grosjean, E20-04

Free practice 1: P7, 1:25.217, 16 laps
Free practice 2: P6, 1:23.964, 37 laps

Romain:

“It was a pretty good day today. The weather is fantastic, the car feels great and the lap times were promising; I’m a happy man. The balance felt strong on both tyres and we were able to complete long runs to give us valuable tyre data for Sunday. I’m happy with the performance of the car even when the tyres are nearer the end of their performance life which is a good sign for this weekend. It’s very close of course, so qualifying will be interesting. I can’t wait for tomorrow to come.

 

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director - Technical programme notes

In FP1 we conducted aerodynamic evaluations, in particular of our different front wing specifications and also the latest floor modifications using the hard compound Pirelli tyre.

FP2 saw heavy fuel running, focusing on the long run race performance of the hard and soft compound tyres.

 

What we learned today:

Our lower fuel set-up changes have been validated following developments tested in Mugello.
The base set-up for the car works well with no surprisess.

 

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