Romain Grosjean is feeling confident with the performance of his Lotus E21 after the two Friday practice sessions. The Frenchman topped the time sheets in first practice before finishing the second session in 12th.
Despite finishing the final session of the day outside of the top 10, he felt that it was a “pretty good” day on track. He slipped down the order in second practice due to a brake problem. He returned to the track but a vibration ended his session early.
“It’s been a pretty good day even if we missed time in the later session whilst the brakes were worked on,” he said. “We also had a little vibration that needed looking at, but it wasn’t the end of the world. The car feels pretty good as we saw with the fastest time in the first session, so I’m sure we’ll get on top of everything we need to for tomorrow.”
Team-mate Kimi Raikkonen had a trouble free day to finish fourth and sixth in the two sessions. He showed some strong pace on both tyre compounds and felt it was a relatively normal Friday for him: “The car feels okay and we had a pretty normal Friday. The shorter chassis feels okay here, but I didn’t drive it back to back with the longer one so it’s difficult to say which is better.”
However, improvements still need to be made: “We’re still trying to get rid of some understeer, but on this circuit it feels better so far. As always, there are some improvements we can make to the car so let’s see what happens tomorrow.”
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