LOTUS RENAULT GP
Indian GP - Practice 3 - Lotus Renault GP Report
Bruno Senna, R31-04
P12, 1:27.235, 20 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-06
P7, 1:27.280, 19 laps
Dust continues to reign supreme at the Buddh International Circuit in India as Bruno and Vitaly completed an encouraging FP3 session ahead of this afternoon’s qualifying session.
Both drivers used hard tyres first before making early switches to the soft Pirellis. Both Bruno and Vitaly were strongly in the top ten for much of the session, but neither ran new tyres late on, meaning they dropped down the order by the chequered flag.
Bruno was the quicker of the LRGP duo, with a 1min 27.235secs lap compared to Vitaly’s 1min 27.280secs.
Sebastian Vettel was fastest this morning, with a 1min 24.824secs lap, with Jenson Button second quickest.
GP2 Series champion Grosjean confirmed for two Friday drives
Lotus Renault GP is pleased to announce that Romain Grosjean will drive the R31 during the first practice sessions at the final two races of the season in Abu Dhabi (Friday 11<SUP class=typo_exposants>th</SUP> November) and Brazil (Friday 25<SUP class=typo_exposants>th</SUP> November).
Having rejoined the team this year as a third driver, Romain will now have two opportunities to get behind the wheel at a race weekend with LRGP when he drives Bruno Senna’s car for the first 90-minute session at next month’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix, followed by Vitaly Petrov’s R31 during the first practice session at the season-ending weekend in Brazil.
INDIAN GP - QUALIFYING - LOTUS RENAULT GP REPORT
P15, 1:26.651 16 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-06
P11, 1.26.319 20 laps
Lotus Renault GP had a dissappointing qualifying session today with neither car cracking into the top ten, despite showing promising pace in Q1.
Vitaly set the fastest time in Q1, with a 1min 26.189secs. Had that time been set in Q2 would have taken him through to Q3. Unfortunately, he was unable to replicate the time in the second session and set the 11<SUP class=typo_exposants>th</SUP> fastest time, to which a five place grid penalty will be added for tomorrow’s race.
Bruno set the tenth fastest time in Q1, but could only manage P15 in Q2, meaning both drivers have tough tasks ahead of them for Sunday’s inaugural Indian Grand Prix.
Sebastian Vettel was fastest today with a lap of 1min 24.178secs whilst Lewis Hamilton was second quickest.