| Source: lotusf1team.com |
It’s been a relatively low-key start for the Iceman here at the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, but he’s confident the team are closing in on that setup sweet spot…
Q: How was your running today?
KR: We improved the car through the day and by the end of the session it was ok; not ideal but certainly not a disaster either. It wasn’t easy to get the tyres up to temperature today, but it’s pretty cold at the circuit so that’s not too much of a surprise. If we can get the tyres working better it will be an improvement for sure, but it’s not going to change the world. We’ll be looking at how to get them a bit warmer for qualifying tomorrow and then see what the weather does. After that, we’ll do the best we can.
Q: Did the weather affect the usual data collection and evaluation on a Friday?
KR: Even with the weather I think we got pretty much all you can in one day so it was pretty okay; not maybe the fastest but the times are very close here for everybody so even if you go just a little bit faster you make a lot of places.
Q: What needs to be done to move a few places up the order?
KR: Our car’s not too bad but like I said before we have a few issues with getting the tyres up to temperature. If we can get them switched on it’ll make a good difference, so we’re working on the set-up there. I think we’re around where we’ve been all season so far and a small improvement could put us five places higher, but a small change the wrong way could also send us five places further back.
Q: You finished the second practice session early; any dramas?
KR: We had something we needed to check with the brakes. We’ve checked them now and there shouldn’t be a problem for the rest of the weekend.