Team Lotus Have ‘Pretty Reasonable Day’ in Tricky Weather Conditions at Silverstone

Team Lotus Chief Technical Officer Mike Gascoyne said that the Anglo-Asian team had a ‘pretty reasonable’ Friday practice at Silverstone today despite intermittent period of heavy rain, and said that they appear more competitive than last time out in Valencia.

“Overall, a pretty reasonable day,” said Gascoyne. “I think the cars look more competitive than in Valencia and even though the day was made difficult by the changing weather conditions we were still able to try out two different aero configurations this morning, and work through a number of runs on the wet and intermediate compounds, so we will look through the data we have generated tonight and see what we can apply for tomorrow's sessions.”

Heikki Kovalainen took advantage of a drying track in the closing stages of FP2 to finished the session P13 on the timesheets, and was pleased with the balance of his car in the wet conditions.

“The conditions were obviously tricky, starting with heavy showers and then drying out towards the end, but everything on the car was fine and the balance of the car felt good on both the wets and the inters,” explained the Finn. “I'm not sure how much we've learnt, it's always difficult with this sort of weather, but it's the same for everyone so hopefully we'll have more time on track tomorrow and we'll see where we are in qualifying.”

Jarno Trulli did not get as many laps on the intermediate tyres at the end of FP2, and so finished the day down in P21. “This morning it was a very good session with the stable conditions we had,” said the Italian. “This afternoon the weather obviously made our life a little bit tougher and in the end I don't think we ran enough with the intermediate tyre, which was looking pretty good at in the last minutes. But, I think we still completed most of the programme today, so from the data side it was pretty satisfactory.”