Hard day's night for Lotus

By on Friday, September 21, 2012

It wasn't the easiest of days for Lotus under the lights in Singapore.

A lack of data in first practice meant that the team didn't run the new rear wing for the rest of the day. Kimi Raikkonen was twelfth in both sessions and lamented a lack of grip.

"It wasn’t the easiest of days for us today. We don’t have enough grip for some reason, and we seem to be lacking downforce", he said.

"It’s the same on both tyres ; a little bit better when the tyres are new, but still not quite the pace we want. I think we can improve for tomorrow but we have to find two seconds to get to the front. I don’t think we’ll find that much time ; but I think we should improve from Friday as we usually do."

Romain Grosjean returned to action after his one race ban but echoed his team-mate's sentiments.

"Our position on the time sheets in the morning was not what we’d have liked and even after FP2 we know there is more performance to be found", he said. "The car is basically the same as what we ran in Monaco and Budapest where we were very competitive but we’ve struggled a bit for grip today"


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