Mixed Opening Day For The Lotus F1 Team In Singapore
The Lotus F1 Team had a mixed opening day at the Singapore Marina Bay circuit ahead of Sunday’s Singapore night race. In the opening session, Pastor Maldonado rounded out the top ten with a fastest time of 1m 50.068s completing 21 laps while in the second session, the Venezuelan completed 30 laps with a fastest time of 1m 50.094s ending the session in 18th place.
Commenting after the day of action, Maldonado commented by saying:
The car felt pretty good in the first session and our pace wasn’t bad. For the second session the car didn’t feel great so we need to understand the changes we need to make for improvement. There was a small issue with a sensor in FP1 which meant my session ended slightly early but it was no big drama.
In the opening session this morning Romain Grosjean finished the session in 14th place with a fastest time of 1m 50.341s with the Frenchman completing 23 laps. In the second session, Grosjean finished in 16th place setting a fastest time of 1m 48.096s completing 32 laps.
Speaking following the day of action Grosjean commented by saying:
Marina Bay can be a tricky circuit to get on top of and today we struggled to get the pace out of the car. We have some work to do on set-up and it’s always difficult to get a clean lap here with the traffic. I didn’t get the cleanest of laps when we went on the softer tyres so we know that we can easily do better than sixteenth. We’ve got some work to do to refine the set-up ahead of tomorrow, but we’ve got a fairly good idea where to look. I’m sure we’ll be in a better position come qualifying.
Lotus F1 Team Technical Director Nick Chester commented by saying:
We completed a decent tally of laps today however we weren’t able to demonstrate the pace we think we have in the car. Romain conducted further tests and aero assessments with our new front wing in the first session whilst Pastor was able to show top ten potential with his run. The second session wasn’t as productive in terms of pace, but we have all the ingredients to be able to improve tomorrow.