Lotus Renault press release
Bruno Senna, R31-04
P8 1:32.297 (Q2 time) 12 laps
Vitaly Petrov, R31-06
P9, 1.32.245 (Q2 time) 17 laps
Lotus Renault GP bounced back to form at Suzuka with both cars making it to Q3 and into the top ten for tomorrow’s Japanese Grand Prix.
After Bruno’s off in this morning’s FP3 session, the crew worked against the clock to ready his car for the session, with work completed ten minutes into the Q1 session. Bruno duly went out and put his car through to Q2 and from there on to Q3.
Vitaly had no dramas with pace to get through to Q3 either, giving good feedback on the balance of the car after strong performance from the R31 so far this weekend.
Both cars went out in the Q3 session, using the medium compound Pirelli tyres but not setting a timed lap.
Sebastian Vettel set pole with a 1min 30.466secs.