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Singapore GP – Free Practice 2 Results: 12th

Source: autosport.com | lotusf1team.com | twitter

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Building on the solid work from the earlier session, Free Practice 2 saw both Lotus F1 Team drivers put the E20 through its paces over a variety of long runs; race simulations, rubber analysis and pit-stop practice all included in a packed schedule as the team continued preparations for the weekend ahead.

Summary:

No sign of the day’s earlier showers as darkness descended for Free Practice 2 this evening in Singapore; dry tarmac and ever-intensifying heat providing a different form of challenge for the drivers under the bright lights of the Marina Bay Street Circuit.

The session took its customary Friday format of race simulation runs, data analysis and setup changes, with a few practice pit-stops and track time with both the yellow marked soft and red marked super-soft Pirelli tyres thrown into the mix.

Both Kimi and Romain flirted with the upper echelons of the order in the mid stages while setting about their work in typically relentless fashion; the pair putting in fast and consistent times respective to their programme for the evening and posting laps on the fringes of the top ten as the day’s action came to a close.

Minor interruptions came in the form of scattered yellow flags as drivers experimented with the limits of grip on a very green surface, in addition to a brief stoppage as Bruno Senna’s Williams collided with the wall to bring out the red flags.

Pos  Driver                Team                  Time               Laps
 1.  Sebastian Vettel      Red Bull-Renault      1m48.340             27
 2.  Jenson Button         McLaren-Mercedes      1m48.651s  + 0.311   24
 3.  Fernando Alonso       Ferrari               1m48.896s  + 0.556   26
 4.  Mark Webber           Red Bull-Renault      1m48.964s  + 0.624   26
 5.  Lewis Hamilton        McLaren-Mercedes      1m49.086s  + 0.746   28
 6.  Paul di Resta         Force India-Mercedes  1m49.300s  + 0.960   30
 7.  Nico Hulkenberg       Force India-Mercedes  1m49.339s  + 0.999   31
 8.  Nico Rosberg          Mercedes              1m49.790s  + 1.450   32
 9.  Felipe Massa          Ferrari               1m50.039s  + 1.699   28
10.  Romain Grosjean       Lotus-Renault         1m50.161s  + 1.821   23
11.  Michael Schumacher    Mercedes              1m50.263s  + 1.923   23
12.  Kimi Raikkonen        Lotus-Renault         1m50.345s  + 2.005   24
13.  Pastor Maldonado      Williams-Renault      1m50.636s  + 2.296   32
14.  Daniel Ricciardo      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m50.791s  + 2.451   26
15.  Sergio Perez          Sauber-Ferrari        1m51.122s  + 2.782   28
16.  Kamui Kobayashi       Sauber-Ferrari        1m51.450s  + 3.110   21
17.  Bruno Senna           Williams-Renault      1m51.452s  + 3.112   11
18.  Jean-Eric Vergne      Toro Rosso-Ferrari    1m52.00$s  + 3.669   31
19.  Timo Glock            Marussia-Cosworth     1m52.218s  + 3.878   29
20.  Heikki Kovalainen     Caterham-Renault      1m52.576s  + 4.236   27
21.  Charles Pic           Marussia-Cosworth     1m52.863s  + 4.523   27
22.  Vitaly Petrov         Caterham-Renault      1m52.936s  + 4.596   25
23.  Pedro de la Rosa      HRT-Cosworth          1m54.448s  + 6.108   25
24.  Narain Karthikeyan    HRT-Cosworth          1m54.514s  + 6.174   30

 

Video: Sky Sports FP2 Kimi coverage

 

Lotus team quotes:

Kimi Raikkonen – 12th: “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. 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 – 10th: “It feels good to be back on track. 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. 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. The good thing is we understand what we need to do, the team has been working hard to make improvements and I’m sure we’ll be stronger tomorrow.”

Alan Permane, Trackside Operations Director: “We didn’t learn too much in the first session, but we did get some quick laps on the intermediate tyres. In the second session we evaluated the two tyre compounds, completing long runs on both. There’s quite a bit of single lap pace difference between the two of them. It’s fairly clear which tyre will be the preferred one for qualifying but not so clear at the moment which tyre is the better prospect for the race. We’ll be looking closely at lap times and degradation levels overnight.”

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