The Finn spun off track and beached his Lotus E21 in the turn seven gravel trap after being caught out by a change in the wind during his fast run. He lost some vital running on track but fortunately his car remained unscathed. However he still managed to set the fourth fastest time during second practice, four positions above where he finished in the first session.
He said: “I was on a fast run and the wind changed, which can affect the car sometimes. At least we didn’t do any damage so the crew won’t have any extra work. It’s not a big drama as we know the track pretty well.”
Looking at the cars performance before his spin he added: “The car felt pretty good today. Of course, there are some areas we can improve but I’m quite happy with the progress we made. I spun in FP2 so we did miss some of the long run laps we would have got this afternoon. We have a few changes for tomorrow so let’s see what happens.”
Meanwhile team-mate Romain Grosjean believes that there is still pace to be found. The Frenchman finished seventh and fifth respectively after a tricky day of running: “Finding the right balance to get the car working well around here is quite tricky and the tyres are not making that any easier, so we’ve got some work to do overnight to make it a little easier to handle. There’s definitely some more performance to be found, and it’s always better to be near the top of the times even if you’ve not got things quite right, so we’ll see what we can do tomorrow.”
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